Chief Operating Officer
Following the attainment of her bachelor’s degree in English Education from California State University Long Beach, Ms. Mendes pursued from 2007 to 2013 a career at Starbucks Coffee Company, where her role was to turn around a succession of underperforming Starbucks stores from the perspective of efficiency, culture, and profitability.
In 2013, Ms. Mendes joined LePort Schools, where she was rapidly promoted, over a three-year period, from Campus Manager to Operations Manager to Director of Talent Management. Ms. Mendes developed a full range of expertise in leading a network of schools, from the nitty-gritty of school operations, to management of both campus and corporate teams, to high-level strategic work, particularly in the area of creating rapidly scalable Human Resources systems.
Her combination of ground-up operational experience and strategic judgment is now at work at Higher Ground. Ms. Mendes oversees and coordinates all aspects of the schools business, from opening, initializing systems for, hiring for, and marketing new campuses, to the management, oversight, and growth of existing campuses.