Senior Board Member
Based in Houston, Texas, Mile is a Principal in Deals Strategy, where he helps energy companies discover and execute deal opportunities. He’s also a parent and has a passion for learning, teaching and volunteering. Along with his involvement in Minds Matter, Mile facilitates learning and development for his team at PwC, “I believe that the best way to influence people is directly and on an individual basis. Creating a meaningful personal experience for one person will have a network effect as that person does the same for another person and so on. I have a real passion for enabling learning and helping people reach their full potential.” Mile attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for his MBA.
Senior Board Member
Aaron Durden is the Managing Director of and a Financial Advisor for LifeBridge Financial Group. Aaron, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M University, has 13+ years as a Financial Advisor. He earned a Masters of Business Administration degree with a focus in Personal Financial Planning in 2007. Aaron successfully sat for the Certified Financial Planner™ exam in March of 2017 and finalized the certification in April of 2017. Aaron concentrates on helping clients develop comprehensive financial plans as he identified a need to connect the various aspects of a client's financial life with one another. Coming from a family of educators and personally valuing higher education, he is committed to helping others attain their goals through education. He chooses to align with Minds Matter due to the organizations mission of helping students identify their potential, overcome obstacles to success, and make the most of their educational endeavors.
Amar is a consultant with the energy deals strategy practice of PwC | Strategy&. Prior to PwC, he was an Associate in the energy group of Guggenheim Partners in New York, and a strategy consultant with PacWest Consulting Partners in Houston. Amar started his career in non-profit work with the Baha’i International Community at the U.N., and has volunteered with other high school mentor programs such as iMentor. Amar holds a dual M.S. degree in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines and Petroleum Economics from the French Institute of Petroleum, and received his B.A. degree in Engineering from Lafayette College.
Junior Board Member - Programming
Kendra is a Performance Analyst for EDP Renewables, a renewable energy company. Prior to joining EDP Renewables, she earned her Master of Science in Natural Resource Economics at Texas A&M University. Before grad school, she worked as a high school math teacher in Houston Independent School District through Teach for America, and is certified as a secondary math teacher in Texas. After leaving the classroom she became involved in the Woods Project, a program that takes high school students on outdoors trips. She is looking forward to using her classroom experience, analytical skills, and desire to close the achievement gap to help Minds Matter serve Houston students.
Junior Board Member - Strategy & Operations
Ben is an Investment Banking Analyst at Evercore. Prior to Evercore, he was an Senior M&A Analyst at Halliburton. Prior to Halliburton, Ben received his MS in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He also received his BA in Economics at The University of Texas. His experiences working with Neighborhood Longhorns, RBI Austin, and Side by Side Kids has prepared him for his role with Minds Matter Houston.
Junior Board Member - Fundraising
Asif is an investment banking analyst at Lazard. Prior to joining Lazard in 2016, he co-founded UMR Texas, a student-based relief agency and aid organization dedicated to help alleviate suffering throughout the world. At UMR Texas, he served as President, growing it’s local base and providing a platform for chapters to launch in Houston and Dallas. Asif obtained an M.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of Texas.