Dora Mendez is the Director of Human Resources at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). NYLAG is a social and economic justice organization that provides free civil legal assistance to the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
Before joining NYLAG, Dora served as Human Resources Director at The Bridge, Inc. where she led the HR integration and policy alignment of affiliate organization Weston United Community Renewal, Inc. She also served as Director of Training, Workforce Planning and Development at Win (formerly Women in Need).
Dora’s career in public service also includes working as an investigator of employment and housing discrimination complaints for the NY State Division of Human Rights – Office of Sexual Harassment Issues and at HELP USA’s Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC). During her tenure at HELP’s FHJC, she supported the creation, development and facilitation a unique training program on fair housing rights for survivors of domestic violence.
Prior to which, she served as Director of the District Office for former NYC Council member Gale A. Brewer and as a Paralegal Specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of NY under the outstanding scholar program.
Dora earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the City University of NY- John Jay College of Criminal Justice; where she is now an Adjunct Professor. She is a lifelong New Yorker and currently resides in Harlem with her husband, Dylan Rogers, and their two children.