Jackie and Mike Bezos
President, Bezos Family Foundation
Jackie Bezos loves the intersection between a big idea and passion, what she refers to as the sweet spot of philanthropy. And for the Bezos Family Foundation, that sweet spot is the field of education from birth through grade 12. Through investments in research, public awareness and programs, the foundation aims to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for children. At the core of the foundation’s work is a belief that rigorous, inspired learning environments will allow students to put their education into action. Bezos has pioneered partner-driven initiatives such as the Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute, The Aspen Challenge and Students Rebuild, engaging young people as co-creators of powerful solutions for current issues. Bezos and her husband Mike established the foundation in 2000, and along with their three children and spouses, serve as the foundation’s directors. A graduate of the College of St. Elizabeth with a B.S. in Psychology, Bezos serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), Thrive by Five Washington, Robin Hood, Families and Work Institute, and the Character Lab. She serves as an Advisor to TED-Ed and on the Advisory Board of Global Nomads Group. But her most prized position is “Creator of Chaos” at her annual grandmother-run summer camp for her 11 grandchildren.
Miguel (Mike) Bezos
Vice President, Bezos Family Foundation
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, advocacy 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 two in-house programs, the Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute, The Aspen Challenge and Students Rebuild, to offer young adults a dynamic way to connect, learn about, and take action on critical local and global issues. Mike’s professional career spanned over 32 years with Exxon Mobil in various engineering and managerial positions in the U.S. and overseas. A native of Cuba, Mike immigrated to the U.S. as a teen and worked his way through the University of Albuquerque where he completed his undergraduate degree. Mike is on the board of trustees for the Aspen Institute. He is also on the board of New Classrooms Innovation Partners. Outside of his role at the Foundation, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, particularly his 11 grandchildren.