As President of Harder+Company, Michelle oversees our firm’s day-to-day operations, while also supporting the planning and evaluation needs of organizations throughout California. She works in collaboration with our executive and administrative teams to translate the firm’s long-term goals into our internal systems and processes.
Michelle has more than 25 years of experience in evaluation, strategic and community planning, and social sector leadership. She is a highly skilled facilitator and experienced trainer with specialized expertise in developing staff and community capacity for evaluation, building effective community collaboratives, and integrating service systems. She has worked extensively with public agencies, nonprofits, and foundations across a diverse array of fields, and has directed some of our most complex multi-site and cross-sector projects. In particular, Michelle has overseen numerous planning efforts aimed at improving how health and human services are delivered to underserved communities. Her understanding of the challenges faced by service providers and county staff adds credibility to the process.
Prior to joining Harder+Company in 1998, Michelle held multiple leadership roles in Bay Area nonprofits, including nearly a decade as Deputy Executive Director of Huckleberry Youth Programs and experience as a researcher at Polaris Research and Development. Michelle has a passion for improving opportunities for children, youth, and their families—particularly through the lens of health and mental health. She was a founder of the Cole Street Clinic, and is currently on the board of the Third Street Youth Center. Both a city girl and country girl at heart, Michelle splits her free time between the urban energy of San Francisco and the natural beauty of the greater Bay Area.
- Master of Public Administration, Golden Gate University
- Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education and English, State University of New York
Areas of Expertise
- Behavioral Health
- Children, Youth + Families
- Early Childhood
- Housing + Community Development