At IDEA, we invest in people who bring 100% every day and are motivated to inspire others to believe in themselves and do their best work. We currently have leadership teams overseeing our district-wide, regional, and board operations.
Acting Superintendent/ Chief Executive Officer
Chief College and Diversity Officer
Phillip is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he studied music and art history. The first in his family to graduate from college, Phillip knows the value proposition of an undergraduate degree.
Chief Advancement Officer
Sam is a graduate of the University of Richmond, the Harvard Graduate School of Education (M.A.), and the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.). He joined IDEA’s founding teaching team at IDEA Quest College Prep where he taught 6th grade.
Chief Program Officer
Dolores is a Texas native, and was raised throughout the state of Texas until she and her family ultimately settled in Kingsville.
Acting Chief Operating Officer
Collin Sewell is a son, husband, father, leader, and entrepreneur. His responsibilities span from serving his family to leading a team of over 500.
Chief Human Assets Officer
Martin serves as the Chief Human Assets Officer
at IDEA Public Schools, leading the
organization’s strategic efforts in recruitment,
staffing, professional development, talent management, compensation and benefits,
Chief Schools Officer
As Chief Schools Officer, Lisa leads IDEA Public Schools’ vision and strategy to ensure all students graduate college ready and our schools earn an “A” Rating. The Chief Schools Officer manages Executive Directors and Regional Superintendents and is responsible for setting and embodying IDEA culture in our schools.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Information Officer
Founder and CEO Emeritus
Upon graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in economics in 1997, Tom joined Teach For America and taught fourth grade in Donna, Texas for three years, after which he successfully launched the IDEA Academy in 2000, serving as the first board president and founding principal.
Regional Superintendent, RGV
Executive Director, Southern Louisiana
Executive Director, Austin
Executive Director, Tarrant County
Executive Director, Houston
Executive Director, Permian Basin
Executive Director, Tampa Bay
Executive Director, Jacksonville
Executive Director, El Paso
Executive Director, San Antonio
Executive Director, Cincinnati