Jackie and Mike Bezos
President and Co-Founder, 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, birth through high school. By 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 of all ages to put their education into action. Bezos has pioneered partner-driven initiatives such as Vroom, an early learning effort to fund, translate and disseminate the findings of brain science in the zero to five field, putting it into the hands of parents and caregivers; the Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute; The Aspen Challenge and Students Rebuild to engage young people as co-creators of powerful solutions for current issues. Bezos serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), The Robin Hood Foundation, Families and Work Institute, the American Museum of Natural History, Thrive by Five Washington, and the Character Lab. She also 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 and Co-Founder, 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 three 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 and the board of directors for New Classrooms Innovation Partners. Outside of his role at the Foundation, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, particularly his 11 grandchildren.