Vision Driven

We envision an educated and highly skilled Rio Grande Valley prepared for the global workforce.

Best solution

Real-life strategy to reach your goals.

Economic development is about jobs: jobs for individuals and jobs that exist in communities and the region as a whole. Economic developers work to create and sustain good jobs—jobs that pay well enough for individuals to support their families. When individuals secure jobs that provide support for their families, those individuals gain “buying power.” The purchases made by these individuals and their families generate sales tax dollars that provide funds used by communities to address infrastructure needs such as roads, utilities, and recruitment of additional industries and jobs.

An educated workforce is a vital requirement for promoting economic growth. For individuals, successful economic development means having the skills—both academic and work-related—that are required for success in finding and securing good jobs or becoming entrepreneurs, generating enough income to support a good quality of life. Completing college-and-career-focused programs of study helps students achieve the outcomes required for personal economic success.

Students’ career and education decisions to pursue knowledge-based occupations shape the economic vitality of individual communities, the region, Texas, and the U.S. The presence of an available, skilled workforce is the acknowledged foundation for increased economic development.

Partner Network

Strategic Partnerships

Our strategic partnerships create a significant impact. Together, we have built an environment conducive for true collaboration and shared success. This interdependence does not come naturally. Over time, by identifying the essential elements of success, RGV LEAD has inspired more thoughtful partnerships and, hopefully, better results for our partners and ourselves.

Expert staff

Our staff is highly qualified to engage in all endeavors.

Luis Rodriguez, Director
Eliza Groff, Program Coordinator
Denisse Rios, Accountant
Mayra Vallejo, Administrative Assistant

Leadership Team

Executive Board

Maricela De Leon
Maricela De LeonPresident
Principal, FORMA
Esmeralda Adame
Esmeralda Adame
MBA, Ed.D., Consulting Firm, LLC, CEO
Adriana Sarmiento
Adriana SarmientoTreasurer
Chief Financial Officer, Phass Economic Development Corporation
Theresa A. (Teri) Capistran
Theresa A. (Teri) Capistran
Superintendent, Point Isavel ISD
Anabell C. Cardova
Anabell C. Cardova
CEO, Valley Grande Institute
Jonathan Medina
Jonathan Medina
CEO, JMedina Speaks