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Mike Bezos often says, “Your education is always yours – once you have it, it cannot be taken away.” Guided by this notion and a deeply held belief that all children deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential and contribute meaningfully to society, Mike co-founded the Bezos Family Foundation in 2000, with his wife Jackie, their three children and their spouses, all of whom serve as directors. Through investments in research, public awareness, systems-building, and programs, the Foundation works to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for all children along the continuum from birth through high school. Never shy to fill an unmet need, the Foundation has pioneered several in-house programs: the Bezos Scholars Program, Students Rebuild, and Vroom.
Mike’s professional career spanned over 32 years with Exxon Mobil in various engineering and managerial positions in the US and overseas. A native of Cuba, Mike immigrated to the United States as a teen and worked his way through the University of Albuquerque where he completed his undergraduate degree. Mike is on the board of the Aspen Institute and New Classrooms. Outside of his role at the Foundation, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, particularly his 11 grandchildren.