Willow Mata

Research Consultant

Willow has over 10 years of research and evaluation experience in the field of education including early learning, policy implementation, and teacher social networks. She is committed to high quality social research, and brings to her role a deep knowledge of formative and summative evaluation; a broad methodological toolkit, including survey development, interviews, focus groups, document analysis, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis; and excellent project management, communication, and organization skills. She is fluent in Spanish.

Before joining Harder+Company, Willow served as part-time faculty at the University of San Francisco’s School of Education. Prior to USF, she was a research social scientist at SRI International, where she managed formative and summative evaluations involving mixed-method approaches, and traveled to schools across the US, as well as in China, Egypt, and Mexico. Before joining SRI, she served as a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, investigating the role of teacher social networks in policy implementation, and at the University of California, Davis, interviewing undocumented immigrant parents about their schooling choices in San Francisco. As a graduate student, Willow also traveled to Spain on a Fulbright Scholarship, where she did fieldwork with South American immigrants and their teachers at two Barcelona secondary schools. An avid reader, Willow can be found at the library or bookstore on the weekends, or curled up on the couch reading to her two young children.

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Education Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Master of Education, International Comparative Education, Stanford University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Human Development and Education, Connecticut College
Areas of Expertise
  • Early Childhood
  • Education
  • Immigration