Tiffany Mendez, who currently serves in the role at Occidental College, will be Pomona’s next director of financial aid starting Aug. 2.
Mendez has roots in our region as a graduate of the University of La Verne, where she earned her undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
As director at Occidental, she oversees an annual financial aid budget of more than $50 million, and is a member of the College Cabinet, a group charged with improving communication and understanding across that institution. At Occidental, Mendez developed and implemented online portals to provide students with their financial aid checklists and awards, streamlined workflow through adopting new file review and packaging processes, and worked with students to improve their engagement with the Financial Aid Office.
Mendez started her financial aid career at La Verne, where she also spent time in academic support and retention services for graduate students, before moving to The Claremont Colleges and working in the Scripps College Office of Financial Aid, where she rose to the rank of associate director before moving to Occidental. With 12 years of student services experience across multiple institutions, Mendez is well versed in financial aid programs, services and policies.
“Tiffany’s creativity, skill at building bridges across campus, improving communication, and her interest in student success makes her a great fit as the next leader for the Financial Aid Office at Pomona,” says Vice President for Strategy & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Seth Allen.
“Financial aid is essential to Pomona’s role as an engine of opportunity in higher education,” added President G. Gabrielle Starr. “I’m confident Tiffany’s experience and commitment to supporting college access will serve our students and families well.”
For her part, Mendez noted Pomona’s long commitment to need-blind admissions and meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all students who enroll. “I’m looking forward to working with students and families to increase communication and continue to make sure everyone has the information they need,’’ says Mendez.