was appointed Senior Program Officer for the Youth Program in February 2011. Prior to joining the Foundation, Aaron was a consultant for The Bridgespan Group, where he worked with a broad range of philanthropic clients on strategic planning projects designed to increase their impact and reach. Before working at Bridgespan, Aaron served as Executive Director for LA VIDA Education, a nonprofit he founded in 2003 to provide educational resources and school partnership programs for communities in Nicaragua. After founding LA VIDA Education, Aaron lived in Nicaragua for three years to get the organization established and build a network of learning centers across the country. The organization is now fully staffed by Nicaraguans and runs one of the most visited libraries in the country with more than 150,000 visits since its inception. Aaron also worked as a high school math teacher for San Jose Unified School District and began his career as a consultant for Accenture in their government practice. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Santa Clara University and an MBA from UC Berkeley. As a Gap Scholar fellowship recipient in corporate social responsibility at UC Berkeley, he worked with Gap Inc. to develop a strategy for identifying and funding nonprofits that run education and health programs for indigenous women and youth in Central America.
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