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A committed left-coaster, Mera is a fifth generation Californian with a passionate interest in food and eating it. She worked her way through college toiling in restaurant kitchens, serving in dining rooms and 'most lucratively' tending bar. She lived and worked in the Oregon wine country before abandoning the region to be a social entrepreneur in her hometown San Francisco. As the founding executive director of The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, she brought private philanthropic funds to public health. Mera has traveled extensively, including a stint teaching baking in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
When she's not singing lead vocals in the band More Cow Bell, she lives, cooks and eats in San Francisco.