Bob Hildreth | Founder
Bob is the founder of FUEL Education. Following a career in Latin American finance at the IMF, Citibank, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and his own brokering company, International Bank Services, Bob turned his sights to active philanthropy. Coming from a family of educators and a short stint as a high school history teacher, he subsequently focused his energies on education reform in the US with particular attention to low income populations. Bob turned to his financial background to create a matched savings program that became the basis for FUEL. His intent from the outset has been to use a monetary reward system as a means for motivating aspirational behavior.
Bob is a dedicated supporter of educational institutions. In addition to co-founding La Vida, Inc. in Lynn, he joined with Boston University to build the Early Childhood Learning Center in Chelsea. Bob is a graduate of Harvard University (Class of ’72), Johns Hopkins University (Class of ‘75), and George Washington University (Class of ‘80). He is a trustee of Boston University, where he has sponsored research, funded professorships, and developed student internship programs. He also serves on UMass Boston’s Board of Visitors for, WBUR’s Board of Overseers, and SEMA’s Board of Directors.
Bob’s involvement has been recognized with numerous awards, including 2009 All-Chelsea Award from the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, 2009 Give Liberty a Hand Award from the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition, 2009 Citizen of the Year from the Rockport Rotary Club, 2008 Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe, 2008 Partner in Pursuit of Justice Award from the Bronx Defenders, 2008 Keepers of the American Dream Award from the National Immigrant Forum, and 2007 Champion of Justice Award from the Greater Boston Legal Services. In 2009, Bob was especially honored to be the emcee for the Irish Immigration Center’s Solas Award Dinner that honored Irish President Mary McAleese, as well as the emcee for the galas of the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project and the Gaston Institute of UMass Boston. In 2012, he was recognized as a Purpose Prize Fellow and was invited to give a talk at TEDxNewEngland. He has also been honored as one of El Planeta’s 100 most influential people for Latinos in the state of Massachusetts in 2009, 2010, and 2013. Among his many notable activities, Bob was a major donor to an early childhood education center in Chelsea and to the state education ship The Ernestina, served as a key leader in the formation of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post blog.
Gene Miller | Executive Director
Gene was an Executive Vice President of Sterling Bank and spent seven years as a managing director for regional investment banking firms. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Planning Office of Urban Affairs, and has served on many additional boards, including Grove Bank, the First Trade Union Bank, and the Advisory Board of HEARTH. She was a trustee at Newton-Wellesley Hospital for a decade. Gene has participated on the boards of the Greater Boston YMCA, The Charlesbank Homes Foundation, and The Center House. She also is active in her community where she chaired a $4.5 million capital campaign as part of $12 million private-public partnership to renovate athletic facilities. Gene was voted into the Ad Club’s “100 Women We Admire” in 2012.
Gene has been involved with FUEL Education since its inception, first as a consultant to founder Bob Hildreth during the organization’s formative stage, then becoming the chief operating officer. In 2012, Gene took on the executive director role. Gene holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Boston University.