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.
Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent
JoAnn Gama was born and raised in the north side of Houston. After graduating from Sam Houston High School in 1993, JoAnn attended Boston University on a full scholarship.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Irma Muñoz was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She graduated from the University of California at Davis, and from Harvard University’s School of Government.
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, and retention.
Chief Financial Officer
Wyatt earned a B.A. in Government from Valparaiso University, a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting (cum laude) from the University of Missouri, and a M.B.A. from Baylor University.
Co-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.
Executive Director, El Paso
Executive Director, Southern Louisiana
Regional Superintendent, RGV
Regional Superintendent, San Antonio
Executive Director, Austin
Executive Director, Tarrant County
Executive Director, Houston
Executive Director, Permian Basin
Executive Director, Tampa Bay
Executive Director, Jacksonville