Prior to serving as the One Chance Illinois’ Executive Director, Myles developed multiple educational and non-profit endeavors from the ground up. Recently, Myles worked for an Aspen-based philanthropy developing edXchange, a Denver-based education policy shared space which fosters strategic collaboration, ideation, and joint ventures among the leading, innovative education policy organizations in Colorado.
Myles also served as a Senior Partner with Democrats for Education Reform (and concurrently as Strategy Director for Education Reform Now) where he helped strengthen existing outposts and developed new state offices throughout the country. In support of the film Waiting for “Superman,” Myles helped lead the development of the “Done Waiting” coalition, which with 200 groups, at the time, represented the largest collective effort of education reformers in national history. Prior he was a member of the founding team for a $100,000,000, city wide fundraising campaign at the Denver Scholarship Foundation and developed an adolescent AIDS treatment program in Denver.
Mendoza originally came to his non-profit executive career after years as a social worker and inpatient psychiatry adolescent therapist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and other inner-city school environments including East St. Louis and Chicago.
Myles earned his BA in Psychology from Southern Illinois University, his MSW from Washington University in St. Louis.