Barry Mattson | Executive Director

Office: Houston, Texas

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Hometown:

Yamhill, Oregon

School:

United States Air Force Academy (BS), The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (MBA) and The Fletcher School at Tufts University (MA)

Military Service:

Air Force officer with an Iraq deployment, then Army paratrooper with another Iraq deployment

Proudest moment in my career:

Rebuilding Al Dawaya Elementary School near Taji, Iraq and opening it for 850 students.

Job Prior to The Mission Continues:

Leading a team of local experts to fight extreme poverty in remote parts of Ethiopia.

Favorite fall activity:

Mountaineering

Book on your nightstand:

“Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese

Favorite memory at The Mission Continues:

Renovating Houston’s Kelso Elementary School with 250 volunteers from over 25 organizations, then seeing the reaction of the children at school the next Monday morning.

Least favorite MRE:

Cheese and veggie omelet

Hidden gem in Houston:

Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge

Favorite sports team:

Air Force Falcon Football

Exciting project currently in works:

Delta Class orientation, coming to Dallas in October 2015!

Guilty pleasure:

Rugby

Song that describes you:

“Fallin’ & Flyin'” by Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

Item on your bucket list:

Climb the Volcanic Seven Summits

Who would you dine with (dead or alive):

Joey Chestnut… go ahead, Google him.