Aileen Mercado was instrumental in advocating for migrant teachers’ issues in Baltimore City. She has been a caring teacher for over 20 years and lives with her husband Isagani and 3 children: Andrei (17), Andrea (11) and Adrienne (9) in Baltimore. Aileen is currently a member of the Baltimore Teachers (BTU) contract negotiations team, becoming the first Asian and the first international teacher of the team. She was first elected for the BTU as Member at Large in 2008. In 2010 she was elected onto the executive board as Vice President for Elementary Schools.