MYLES MENDOZA

Executive Director

Prior to serving as the One Chance Illinois’ Executive Director, Myles developed multiple educational and non-profit endeavors from the ground up. Most recently he served as a Strategy Director with Education Reform Now/Democrats for Education Reform where he helped strengthen existing outposts and developed new state offices throughout the country.

In support of the film Waiting for “Superman”, Myles led the development of the “Done Waiting” coalition, which represents the largest collective effort of education reformers in national history. Prior he was the development director for a start-up $100,000,000 fundraising campaign at the Denver Scholarship Foundation and developed an adolescent AIDS treatment program in Denver. Myles worked in adolescent psychiatry at what is now the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Myles originally came to his non-profit executive career after years of front-line work in inner-city school environments including East St. Louis and Chicago.

Myles lives in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood with his wife Dr. Carrie Mendoza and his three sons Jesse, Noah, and Max. They were fortunate to be able to choose the neighborhood based on its quality traditional elementary school, Nettlehorst, where all three of their children attend.