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Myles Mendoza is Partner at Oak Rose Group, a mission driven strategic consulting firm that advances policies, ideas and organizations that lead to human flourishing. ORG works at the intersection of philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and public policy to generate meaningful improvements in education, workforce development, and economic mobility in communities across the country. ORG partners with diverse clients, ranging from philanthropists to mission driven organizations, to charter school networks, private schools, and workforce initiatives.

Myles joined ORG after serving as President of Empower Illinois, where he successfully led the passage of the “Invest in Kids Act” Illinois’ tax credit scholarship program. Myles led implementation of the program, raising $200M+, and building technology to serve tens of thousands of Illinois children to attend over 400 private K-12 schools.

Myles previously advised an Aspen-based philanthropist, served as a national leader at Democrats for Education Reform and was a founding executive at the Denver Scholarship Foundation, working with the principal investor, board, and team to raise over $62M. Myles began his career at Chicago’s Children’s Hospital, followed by Denver’s Children’s Hospital working as a social worker, then developing an HIV/AIDS program for children and youth.

Myles is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network, the Economic Club of Chicago, and has served on the startup boards of Strive Charter Schools, Rocky Mountain Prep Charter Schools, and the Lab for Art and Ideas. He also served as a board member at Denver Health, the Colorado AIDS Coalition for Education, and the Colorado Association of School Based Health Centers.

Myles spends his free time with his wife Carrie, three kids Jesse, Noah and Max, and two dogs. When he can break free, he enjoys reading, exercising, hiking, snowboarding, live music, and art with friends. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.