BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE FOUNDATION
Founder, Bridge to the Future Foundation San Diego, CA
Jeff Wadstrom has made a career of going where few others are willing to go and taking light into dark and dangerous places. From his time working in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East to his most recent work in bringing hope to the children and prisoners in some of the most dangerous areas of Mexico, Jeff is a peacemaker and a bridge builder.
Jeff learned the power of using sports as a vehicle to begin communication, find common ground, build partnerships to create positive change – while planting seeds of hope. Currently, Jeff and his partners are launching a program to leverage these powerful relationships to begin building bridges between countries around the world and to begin to heal the social, political, and health issues that are creating the divide. Contact Jeff to learn more about his sports development projects, elite-level player and coaches training programs – as well as the peace initiative being developed on college campuses, prisons, communities and beyond.
Jeff graduated from the University of Arizona in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, Jeff has worked across the US and around the world creating programs to help meet the social needs of the various communities. He was the CEO and Founder of Letics, Inc. (1998-2017); Founder of The Bridge to the Future Foundation (2005 - Present); and most currently is the Founder and President of Baslyne.
Advisor, Bridge to the Future Foundation San Diego, CA
Kyle Wadstrom graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Marketing, a minor in Leadership Studies, and a passion to help communities around the world transition to a more resilient future. Kyle has worked within the Alzheimer’s Association development department managing the Walk to End Alzheimer’s signature fundraising and awareness event in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. After moving back to San Diego in 2017, Kyle joined the American Cancer Society's development department managing multiple Relay For Life signature fundraising and awareness events. Events such as these educate communities and constituents on healthy living and preventative and proactive approaches to keep a healthy lifestyle. Kyle holds certificates in Global Leadership and Nonprofit Leadership & Management.
Ulises Romero Melchor
Head Coach, Letics Sports FC Tijuana Tijuana, MEX
Ulises Romero Melchor has devoted his life to the development of soccer and using the sport to prepare young men and women for life. In the fall of 2014, Ulises, and his wife Xochilt, partnered with The Bridge to provide free soccer clinics and practices for the young boys and girls in Terrazas del Valle in Tijuana, Baja CA MX. Ulises played professional soccer for 8 years for Atlas in Guadalajara and has since then spent his life helping underserved youth use soccer to get off of the streets, go to school and become peacemakers in their community.