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Permian Basin Area Foundation

Aaron Bedell

Chief Operating Officer
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What does Aaron do at PBAF:
Building relationships with donors and community leaders is one of the best things about working at the Foundation. Part of his job, perhaps most important, is helping to create a culture of philanthropy throughout West Texas.

When not meeting with current or prospective donors, his responsibilities include oversight of our new office facility, taking part in grant-related discussions, and, through various activities and networking events, educating business leaders and nonprofits about the broad range of benefits of a community foundation.

What Aaron did before:
I was born in a flyspeck of a town near the shores of Lake Ontario and, at seven years of age, moved with my family to northeast Oklahoma. I continued to bounce from adventure to adventure for nearly forty years before discovering the inescapable and undeniable beauty of the Permian Basin.

A passion for helping others and a lifelong love of photography lead me to become a teacher, globetrotter, missionary, church planter, and nonprofit fundraiser. My travel portfolio includes 30 different countries, including six years in Japan teaching at International Calvary Academy.

Oklahoma State University, BS in Business Administration and minors in International Business, Marketing, and French

Favorite area of West Texas?
The top of Guadalupe Peak on a warm, sunny day or maybe a weekend at the Gage Hotel in Marathon.

Favorite quote:
A quote from Arthur Ashe helps inspire my life and charitable work, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”