Michael Matsunaga

Senior Research Consultant

Michael is a seasoned consultant who is passionate about using the tools of research for social change. For each engagement, he draws on a deep mixed-methods skill set, including instrument design, quantitative and qualitative analysis, survey research, conducting interviews and focus groups, and GIS mapping. Michael applies these skills to a range of projects for local, statewide, and national clients in areas such as education, youth development, and community development.  He also brings an interest and skills in thoughtful, human-centered information design to his work and supports colleagues within Harder+Company in the development of visually appealing deliverbles.

Before joining our firm, Michael worked with the Economic Roundtable in Los Angeles, using his broad methodological skill set to conduct research and provide technical assistance to community organizations. He previously served as a researcher with the Los Angeles Unified School District and with Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), a Los Angeles-based community organizing and advocacy group. Earlier in his career, Michael was a student counselor and course instructor at California State University, San Marcos, where he developed curricula on educational equity and justice, social change, and diversity. As a Los Angeles native, Mike is a devoted LA sports fan and will raise his two children to carry on his love for the Dodgers (despite raising them in San Francisco).

Education
  • Master of Education, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Master of Arts, Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Expertise
  • Education
  • Housing + Community Development
  • Immigration
  • Workforce Development