Mildred Hardin is the budget analyst at American Progress. She has worked in non-profit accounting and finance for over eight years. Before coming to American Progress she worked for Meridian International Center as senior program accountant in the grant and budget department. Meridian is the leading manager of the U.S. State Department’s premier professional exchange program. Prior to that she worked at Lowe, Hauptman, Gilman & Berner LLP as an accounts payable supervisor in the finance and accounting department. LHG & B, LLP is a law firm specializing in intellectual property. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in accounting.