Our mission is to construct schools and support educational programs as a way to break the cycle of poverty, hopelessness and violence in areas that are deeply impoverished and affected by conflict. We provide education as a tool for our students to carve a path forward and improve their lives so that they may enjoy happier, healthier, more financially stable, productive and meaningful years ahead.
Board of Directors
Mr. Mehringer is the President of Park Street, the leading provider of productivity enhancing and cost-saving back-office solutions, advisory services, and working capital solutions for domestic and imported alcoholic beverage brands. Park Street is an importer and national distributor working with hundreds of wine and spirits brands from the U.S. and around the world, including craft and non-craft distillers, vineyard owners, multi-brand global suppliers, celebrity brands, and more. Under Mr. Mehringer’s leadership, Park Street’s financial services practice provides emerging and established brands working capital and trade financing to accelerate growth. Previously, Mr. Mehringer served as President of a national consumer products distribution company where oversaw all aspects of the operations and growth and developed and maintained strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 consumer products companies. In addition to Developing Minds Foundation, Mr. Mehringer serves on the Board of the Harvard Club of Miami. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University.
Mr. Zalkin founded the Astor Group, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private placements and the development of cross border strategies in 2004. The following year, Mr. Zalkin founded Astor Capital, an investor in consumer and technology companies. As Managing Partner of Astor Group and Astor Capital, Seth has executed complex transactions, negotiated investments for a wide range of clients and portfolio companies and created a myriad of innovative growth strategies. Mr. Zalkin is recognized for his knowledge of the Brazil market and of the consumer, internet and TMT sectors and is frequently quoted in publications such as the New York Times, Forbes and Private Equity International. Prior to founding Astor Group, Seth served as CEO of, and successfully exited, venture-backed internet, technology and professional services companies. As CEO, Mr. Zalkin led the sale of businesses to both public and private companies and successfully cultivated relationships with clients such as Time Warner, IBM, Bacardi, Sony Music and Perrier. Mr. Zalkin currently serves as an Executive Director of Matter Unlimited, a creative agency that creates integrated strategic marketing, branding, and digital campaigns and serves on numerous corporate boards within Brazil, Canada and the United States. Mr. Zalkin received a JD from University of Pennsylvania School of Law and a BA from Duke University.