GEIR Team Leader
Region: Mexico and Central America
Guadalupe Mendoza is a seasoned philanthropy consultant with a dozen years of experience working for international foundations investing in Mexico. She has collaborated with the Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, the MacArthur Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, The Fund for Global Human Rights, among others. She has also worked directly with civil society organizations in a variety of projects. Before working independently, Guadalupe was part of the Global Development and Population Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she spent her last two years as Acting Managing Director for the Program’s work in Mexico. At Hewlett, Guadalupe was exposed to grantee perception reports, and those became the base of her personal and team performance goal-setting. Guadalupe also worked for the Development Finance and Economic Security Program at the Ford Foundation office for Mexico and Central America. Recently she has been writing about the challenges for the development of civil society in Mexico, including regulatory issues such as Mexico’s anti-money laundering regulations. She lived seven years in Japan, where she successfully pursued her Master’s degree in Development Economics from Sophia University. There she was also a Spanish teacher for Japanese radio and TV and a translator, and she provided news reports for CNN en Español. Guadalupe is an active board member of two non-profits in Mexico.