Mike Braeuer


Mike is the CEO at Explore Austin, responsible for all aspects of organizational health and success. His vision is to ensure that Explore Austin continues to positively transform the lives of  everyone involved with Explore Austin from Explorers, Mentors, and partners, to donors,  staff, and Board members. His employment with Explore Austin began in 2009. An entrepreneur by nature and training, Mike looks forward to the challenge of taking Explore Austin to the next level.

Mike was born and raised, and will likely forever call Austin, Texas,  his home. After studying Psychology at Texas A&M University, he began his career as a teacher at Regents School of Austin. His deep love for outdoor adventure led him to launch Climb On Adventures– a guide service specializing in father/son adventure trips. Mike then spent a few years as a consultant with San Francisco-based Culture ROI, a boutique Management consulting firm. In 2009, he earned his MBA from the Acton School of Business and since 2013 has been teaching there part-time. Mike’s other entrepreneurial endeavors include a small business acquisition of a manufacturing and distribution company and real estate investments.

Mike owes a great deal of his personal and professional success to his own mentors; their simple yet monumental impact on his life motivates him to give back to youth in his own community.

Mike enjoys adventure (Devils river, Mt. Kilimanjaro), travelling (21 countries), and making new friends. Mike’s faith guides his decisions, and he enjoys every minute he can spend with his wife, Christin, their two equally precious and exuberant daughters, Salem Grace and Elsie Faith, and his son, Josiah Brave.

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