Pilar Oates (San Antonio, Texas) is an Independent Consultant with over 20 years experience in health and human services. Her non-profit management expertise includes strong competencies in strategic planning, organizational development, executive leadership development, coalition building and grant making. She is a frequent speaker on topics addressing leadership, cultural competence, and a variety of community health topics.  Pilar was a founding director and served as Executive Director of the Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM) of South Texas, Inc. MHM is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization with a budget of over 72 million dedicated to providing medical and health-related human services to low-income families and the uninsured of South Texas. During her 17 year tenure at MHM, Pilar helped to shape the organization’s strategy of community health.  Pilar is involved in several community initiatives that are significantly improving outcomes for individuals and families across the region including serving on several boards and councils. She has served on the executive team of the Mayor’s Fitness Council, an initiative to fight against obesity in San Antonio. Pilar serves on boards and councils such as The Bexar County Health Collaborative, The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics of the UT Health San Antonio’s School of Medicine, and The Community Advisory Council on Health and Medicine of the San Antonio Area Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Leadership Women and is a graduate of Leadership Texas 2000 and Leadership America 2012.  Pilar’s service to her community has been celebrated by the San Antonio Commission on Literacy, which recognized her as a leader in the promotion of Lifelong Learning. She has been the recipient of the American Heart Association’s William T. Wright Award for community service. In addition, she has received the Community Service Award and the Visionary Award from the Health Collaborative. She was recently named Director Emeritus of CI: Now, an National Neighborhood Indicators Project partner staffed by the Urban Institute.  Pilar received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Texas at San Antonio.