Meet Our Leadership

At RGV LEAD, everything we do stems from our core values — leadership, collaboration, integrity, excellence, and accountability. Our leadership teams embody these values, using them to engage community leaders and students with a wide range of expertise and experience.


What We Do

Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development (RGV LEAD) develops and manages collaborative projects that bring employers and educators together to help students set and achieve college-and-career goals.

The Power of the Education-Industry Partnership

The RGV LEAD business history and organizational theory make the case that there is power in the industry-education partnership. The result is much like a professional sports team: experts playing with experts. Mix in staff and board passion, and you have an intelligent and integrated strategy for growing and engaging stakeholders in the work.

Our Vision

To educate, engage, and empower students, educators, employers, and community leaders so that together we can elevate our region’s educational attainment, workforce skill sets, and economic vitality.

Our Mission

To ensure students are college-and-career-ready and employers have a highly skilled workforce by fostering regional collaboration between education, workforce, and business leaders.

Regional Strategies

  • GOAL 1: Coordinate regional initiatives focused on education and workforce development that support linkages with current and emerging organizations in the Rio Grande Valley to reduce duplication of services, maximize resources, decrease fragmentation, and improve effectiveness of education and workforce systems.

  • GOAL 2: Increase the number and percentage of high school students who graduate college-and-career-ready and transition successfully into higher education and/or the workforce.

  • GOAL 3: Increase the number and percentage of career-focused college and university students who earn certificates, degrees, and/or industry- or state-recognized licenses or certifications and transition into the workforce.

Core Values

Our reputation is the ultimate asset, and these distinguishing attributes characterize how we conduct ourselves in our drive for tangible, lasting results.

We inspire growth and innovation through learning and bold action.

We operate in a spirit of inclusiveness to achieve great things together.

We assure and maintain transparency in our relationships with each other and with our various constituencies.

We perform at our highest level of capacity to deliver outstanding results.

We do what we say we will do.

Our Work