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about us

What is Mountains Work?

Mountains Work is a coalition of individuals dedicated to improving the economic future of mountain communities around the US. Through our innovative weeklong work and stay scholarship programs, individuals have the opportunity to work, play, and live in a mountain community. All of the accommodations are taken care of and we arrange free workspaces for our participants while they are visiting. We also host fun lunchtime activities like mountain biking, paddle boarding, and skiing. Participants evenings are be filled with fun events like beer tastings, and the opportunity to chat with community leaders. We strive to make most of our events free, or at a drastically reduced rate. Our scholarship participants are able to experience life in a mountain town as a resident would. 

Co-Founders

  • Aaron Darke
    Aaron Darke Co-Founder of Mountains Work and Founder of Darke Marketing

    Aaron and his young family arrived in South Lake Tahoe in late 2014 from Australia. With close to two decades of marketing and creative experience Aaron has worked on global brands and with professional sporting organizations. He and his wife Erica decided that the fast paced city life, traffic, and cost were wearing on them and he wanted a better balance in their life.  Aaron founded Darke Marketing in  2015 and from the start wanted to help grow the local economy so that it was less dependent on tourism. After teaming up with Lara Miller, and a few brainstorming sessions, Mountains Work was born.

  • Lara Miller
    Lara Miller Co-Founder of Mountains Work and Founder of Lara Miller PR

    A transplant to South Lake Tahoe by way of San Francisco, Lara has excelled in the PR industry for more than a decade. The founder of Lara Miller PR, she has worked with tech visionaries from around the world.  A lover of small mountain towns, Lara has called Telluride CO and many mountain towns in Montana home. Lara moved to South Lake Tahoe in early 2015 and has been able to meld her love of the outdoors, her interest in growing the local economy with her interest in all things tech.  She’s also a travel fiend who has climbed the Himalayas and trekked through exotic global destinations.

  • Devin Middlebrook
    Devin Middlebrook Co-Founder of Mountains Work and Board Chair - Tahoe Regional Young Professionals

    Devin Middlebrook was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe and is executive for the Tahoe Regional Young Professionals, a local networking non-profit committed to attracting and retaining young professionals in the Tahoe region.

You’ll fall in love with life in the mountains.