Mission

LIFE GOALS INITIATIVE's mission is to support youth-sports organizations that are driving change by building exemplary citizens through sports education in the Americas changing people’s perception of poverty and failure into one of optimism, possibility and success

Vision

LIFE GOALS INITIATIVE's vision is to be recognized as a plural worldwide foundation engaged in providing tangible opportunities to individuals and organizations through the practice of sport activities.  is to support youth-sports organizations that are driving change by building exemplary citizens through sports education in the Americas.

Board of Directors

Ricardo Negrín

President

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Ricardo established Life Goals Initiative in 2019.  He grew up practicing soccer, karate and baseball, only leaving when a lack of financial support prevented him from continuing his development in a foreign country.  Not to be discouraged, he applied the lessons learned in sports to his academic and professional careers, eventually becoming a successful business man in the aviation field.

In 2014, he started a non-profit organization in his native Venezuela, with the aim to offer disadvantged children, teenagers and young adults a space and soccer oriented program to allow them to have access to the opportunities he missed out on.  Although he is no longer a member of its board of directions, he continues to hold this organization very close to his heart.

Ricardo grew up in Caracas, Venezuela with his sister and younger brother.  He has three children and resides in Houston, Texas while dividing his time between The United States, Spain and Venezuela.

Francisco Meza

Treasurer

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Francisco Javier Meza received a bachelor's degree in Public Accounting from Universidad Central de Venezuela and earned an MBA from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.

He has developed his professional career in oilfield services companies as Schlumberger, GE O&G, and Halliburton. He also took part in two mergers and acquisitions: Vetco Gray and Global Artificial Lift.

As a sports enthusiast, he is committed to supporting non-profit sports organizations in his country of origin,  mainly finding funds for its operation, and participating in marketing and international procurement activities that promote the impact of sports in people’s life.

Francisco enjoys outdoor activities, including the practice of soccer. He completed his first full IRONMAN, a Triathlon event hosted in The Woodlands, Texas in early April 2016.

Liseth Negrin

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Liseth brings more than 20 years of successful performance in accounting and administration.

 

She has been responsible for directing budgets, overseeing investment of funds, managing and limiting risks, supervising cash management activities, and raising capital to support the companies she’s worked in.

 

Her main skills are the knowledge of capital markets, accounting and finance, strong work ethic and self motivation, accuracy, reliability, detail-oriented and a great capacity to carry higher responsibility. 

Jorge Patiño

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Jorge came up with the name for the foundation.  Along with the Board Members, he advocates for issues and helps set the overall direction of the organization.

A citizen of the world and a philanthropist. Dedicated to Sales Management for the last 7 years, he has traveled the Americas extensively.

 

He believes philanthropy should be transformational and should seek to solve constant issues in society.

Jorge began his major philanthropic efforts in the early 1980s, when he began selling homemade popsicles to fund a tortoise sanctuary in his maternal grandmother’s backyard.  One year later, he and his cousins had taken on a menagerie of parrots, rabbits, chickens and a cat.  His love for animals continues to this day.

He grew up in Houston, the eldest of three boys.  A fan of Daft Punk and Tupac Shakur, Jorge is working on filling his passport one stamp at a time.

Eduardo Prado

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Eduardo Prado was born in Venezuela but He grew up in Texas and graduated from Anderson High School in 1998. After obtaining his B.B.A in Finance from Texas A&M University Mays Business School in 2002,

 

Mr. Prado enlisted in the US Army. He served as an airborne infantry soldier and participated in various security and combat operations as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Prado was awarded the Purple Heart after being critically wounded during a nighttime rocket attack in Fallujah, Iraq in 2003. After being medically discharged from the Army, he returned home and obtained his M.B.A. from Sam Houston State University and, later, his J.D., with honors, from South Texas College of Law. Mr. Prado is a licensed Texas Attorney and has been practicing with Murphy Legal since 2015 as a member of the firm's trial team. Mr. Prado has extensive experience defending individual litigants and institutional clients in courtrooms throughout Texas, including several fortune 50/100 companies. With his collegial litigation style and uncommon tenacity, Mr. Prado has been instrumental in securing favorable settlements, rulings, and verdicts for his clients. As a former commercial credit officer and CFO, Mr. Prado’s unique combination of life experience, education, training, and skill make him a formidable advocate for his clients, particularly in complex commercial litigation cases.


Spending time with his wife, children, and large extended family is Eddie’s priority after work.  He also enjoys backpacking, riding motorcycles, hunting, fly fishing, playing polo (when his wife lets him), and, whenever possible, turning his home into “hell’s kitchen” while ordering everyone around on Murphy Legal paella night.  As a veteran and member of the Venezuelan diaspora, Mr. Prado seeks, supports, and participates in various civic activities for the benefit of disabled veterans and disadvantaged Venezuelan children. During a family vacation to Margarita Island in 2015, he witnessed the huge impact the sports education programs had on children from vulnerable communities.   As a result, Mr. Prado enthusiastically embraces the mission and vision of Life Goals Initiative and the opportunity to serve as a member of its board of directors..