Practitioner, Researcher, Speaker
Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education Ed.D. candidate Johns Hopkins University (2014-2018). Over 30 years of experience in the design and delivery of education and social services for children, youth and families in positions that ranged from clinician to executive director. Recognized leader with a reputation for dedication and passionate commitment to children and youth, able to influence and solicit support from key executives, government officials and community leaders. Fully Bilingual. Native Spanish-speaker.
Education and Professional Experience:
President of Fathum: Learning Solutions an education consulting company dedicated to closing the achievement gap of low-income underserved children. Pilar has provided consulting services to BUILD, Teaching Strategies, Child Care Aware, and state level Offices of Child Care. Fathum has developed ESCALERAS a training model that supports non-English speaking family, friend and neighbor caregivers through the process of licensing. Pilar has twenty-five years of experience in education and human services program design and implementation. Pilar founded and lead a community-based nonprofit that recruited and trained a network of over 100 Latina family childcare providers, and operated a childcare center that served as a best practices lab for dual-language learners. She also advocated for policy changes that expanded high-quality early care and education options for low-income Latino children. Pilar has served on several state/national boards and advisory groups including the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Her awards include the Maryland Governor’s “Women Who Dare” and Montgomery Women’s “Rising Star”.
Areas of Interest:
Early Childhood policy, cultural and linguistic responsiveness,