Pilar Mendoza

Senior Research Consultant

Pilar has a diverse professional background working with philanthropy, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations.  Her experience cuts crosscuts issues related to juvenile incarceration, family welfare, racial and ethnic equity, and early care and education. She offers a robust mix of research and facilitation skills, and is especially skilled at designing qualitative instruments, conducting and analyzing interviews and focus groups, and presenting findings to diverse audiences. She is also a skilled strategist, frequently working with clients to interpret data in order to consider new directions or approaches for the work.  She has advanced proficiency in Spanish.

Prior to joining Harder+Company, Pilar served as a program analyst with The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. While there, she conducted research for the Foundation’s Children, Families, and Communities program on issues pertaining to preschool, transitional kindergarten, out-of-school time, and children’s health insurance. Earlier, she has also served as a policy consultant at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy, as well as for the Advancement Project. An avid animal lover, Pilar spends her free time volunteering with local animal rescue organizations.

  • Master of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, Swarthmore College
Areas of Expertise
  • Early Childhood
  • Criminal Justice