Nov. 2023 | Vol.5, Iss. 3

Maricela De Leon, Board President

Rio Grande Valley native Maricela “Mari” De Leon has nearly 20 years of experience in state policy and political campaigns and has been a registered lobbyist. Mari has run political campaigns for candidates in the Texas House of Representatives, Texas Congressional seats, and Rio Grande Valley judicial courts. She ventured into the private sector, starting her own businesses.

Mari is the CEO of Just Kauz It’s Right, a non-profit that provides local young children with school supplies, and is the President of RGV LEAD.

De Leon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas-Pan American. She is also a Certified Public Manager.

De Leon and her son Sebastián live in Edinburg.

Pictured below: Mari De Leon, center, leads the RGV LEAD Shooting for Suc-cess Skeet Shoot. With her are Luis Rodriguez, RGV LEAD Executive Director; Eloy Garza, Founder and CEO of Career Bridge and RGV LEAD Board member; Janie Johnston Lopez, RGV LEAD contractor; Mari De Leon, Board President; Dr. Norma Salaiz, RGV LEAD Contractor and UTRGV professor; Ysmael Fonseca, J.D., Partner-Attorney, Guerra & Sabo, PLLC, RGV LEAD Board member; and Viviana Espinosa, Texas State Technical College Director for Talent Management/Career Services, RGV LEAD Board member.

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