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Diane Mercier, president of People's United Bank. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

Diane Mercier, president of People's United Bank. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

Dianne Mercier: championing NH’s nonprofits

When this bank president was a young, single mom, nonprofits helped her family and helped her build a career. Now she is a tireless champion for the nonprofit sector

Dianne Mercier understands exactly how important New Hampshire’s nonprofits are to families.

Dianne is president of People’s United Bank now. She got some critical help getting there.

When she was a young, single mom, she worked full-time at a bank and went to school at night.

“The Boys and Girls Club saved my family,” she said. “Not just my kids. They made my future possible.” How? By providing before- and after-school care, snow-day care and summer camp — with homework club, mentoring and enrichment activities. Dianne could get her degree and cultivate a career that would provide for her family — knowing that her kids were thriving.

Dianne is a champion for the nonprofit sector. She raises money for the Boys and Girls Club and serves on multiple nonprofit boards. She is a member of the New Hampshire Tomorrow Leadership Council, helping to guide the Charitable Foundation’s initiative to increase opportunities for New Hampshire’s kids. And she is vice president of the People’s United Community Foundation, which has aligned its grantmaking with New Hampshire Tomorrow.

When Dianne was working her way up, a nonprofit had her back — and her kids’ backs.

Now she has theirs.