Mercury just appointed its first Black female partner!

Social justice specialist Rachel Noerdlinger has been the managing director of the public affairs firm’s New York office since 2015 and now she’s taking her talents to the partner level, reports PRovoke.

Noerdlinger — who’s making history at Mercury — has excelled in third-party coalition building, strengthening relationships between corporations politicians and high-profile stakeholders, and communities of color, plus DE&I.

“Rachel Noerdlinger is an unflappable force on the front lines of social justice. Her versatility and acumen for a host of issues give her distinguished credibility amid a frenetic news cycle in the hard-changing world of politics,” said Kieran Mahoney, Mercury CEO, according to PRovoke. “Our firm watched with pride as, on a pro bono basis, she managed all press for George Floyd’s funeral with poise and professionalism, showing millions why she is an invaluable asset to Mercury and our culture.”

Prior to joining Mercury, Noerdlinger served as the chief of staff for New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray. Before that, she was president of Noerdlinger Media — a consulting firm that represents clients in business, civil rights law, entertainment, and politics.

During her time at Mercury, Noerdlinger has managed to counsel various diverse Fortune 500 companies and high-profile clients on issues that span from criminal justice reform to corporate communications.