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.

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
Luis RodriguezDirector
Leslie Guerrero
Leslie GuerreroProgram Coordinator
Denisse Rios
Denisse RiosAccountant Assistant

Leadership Team

Executive Board

Maricela De Leon
Maricela De LeonPresident
CEO, M&S De Leon Enterprises, LLC and Business Owner, RGV Grant Consulting, LLC
Esmeralda Adame, Ph.D.
Esmeralda Adame, Ph.D.Vice President
CEO Consulting Firm, LLC
Adriana Sarmiento
Adriana SarmientoTreasurer
Chief Financial Officer, Pharr Economic Development Corporation
Theresa A. (Teri) Capistran
Theresa A. (Teri) Capistran
Superintendent, Point Isabel ISD
Anabell C. Cardova
Anabell C. Cardova
CEO, Valley Grande Institute
Narciso Garcia, Ed.D.
Narciso Garcia, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Vanguard Academy
Eloy Garza
Eloy Garza
Founder & CEO Career Bridge
Jonathan Medina
Jonathan Medina
CEO, JMedina Speaks
Cynthia Valdez
Cynthia Valdez
Associate VP, UTRGV, College Access and K-12 Partnerships