Leaders united change lives.

RGV FOCUS unites school districts, higher education partners, community organizations and businesses under the common goal of improving education outcomes in the Rio Grande Valley. Our Leadership Team consists of school district superintendents, higher education presidents, philanthropic partners, and business and community leaders which lead the establishment of our vision and strategy. This group is guided by Advisory Bodies, such as the Data Support Council and Governance Council, and is supported by Action Networks, which implement plans aligned with our vision and strategy.

The Leadership Team

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Chris Coxon

Chris Coxon

Interim Director of RGV FOCUS, Managing Director of Programs for Educate Texas

ccoxon@cftexas.org

Chris Coxon currently serves as the Managing Director for Educate Texas, a unique public-private initiative of the Communities Foundation of Texas dedicated Increasing postsecondary readiness, access and success for all students by building partnerships, leading innovation and scaling practices and policies. He has supported the development and redesign of over 350 schools serving over 100,000 students across the state of Texas, along with promoting programs and public policy with regard to college-ready standards and practices, postsecondary access and success, human capital and regional collaboration and alignment.

Coxon previously served as the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning of the Boston Public Schools. During his tenure, the district increased student achievement for all groups of students and increased graduation and college going rates while at the same time decreasing the achievement gap and reducing the dropout rate.  These accomplishments were recognized by the Broad Prize for Urban Education as a finalist four consecutive years and then as the winner in 2006. Coxon has also served as a principal, district administrator, and teacher for the Department of Defense Education Activity and in the Dallas Independent School District where he began his teaching career. He has served on various education boards at the state and national level, including serving as the Chair of the College Board’s Academic Division, the Texas Educational Leadership Council, the US Department of Education Technical Assistance Committee for Comprehensive School Reform, and the Boston Children’s Museum. Coxon holds a bachelor’s degrees from Benedictine College; and graduate degrees from the University of Phoenix and Harvard University.

Katherine Díaz

Katherine Díaz

Deputy Director, RGV FOCUS

kdiaz@cftexas.org

Katherine Díaz serves as Deputy Director for RGV FOCUS, a collaboration with Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT). Her passion is helping students get into and complete college, as she focuses on higher education readiness and access, degree and credential completion, and strengthening community advocacy for rigorous courses of study in K-12.

Katherine joined the RGV FOCUS team with a strong background in K-12 education. She began her career as a Spanish teacher in Missouri and expanded her expertise into the realm of college and career readiness, most recently leading high school Career & Technical Education (CTE), T-STEM, and College Readiness programs. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science in Education in Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Missouri State University and a Master of Arts in Spanish Linguistics/Education from The University of Texas—Pan American. She is currently a doctoral student at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

Eugenio Longoria Sáenz

Eugenio Longoria Sáenz

Deputy Director, RGV FOCUS

esaenz@cftexas.org

In his role as Deputy Director for RGV FOCUS, a collaboration with Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), Sáenz participates in building capacity for improved thought leadership, strategic design and alignment of organizational goals to achieve the RGV FOCUS goals.

Prior to working with RGV FOCUS, Sáenz served as Executive Director of the Eastern North Philadelphia Youth Services Coalition (ENPYSC) for 5 years, served as Director of Leader Development, Knowledge and Capacity at IDEA Public Schools for one year, and is Principal and Founder of BILLY Labs, a design-informed, social architecture consultancy.

Sáenz holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in economics and international business from Baylor University and an independent studies master’s of arts degree in education and human development from George Washington University. He is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) at PENN State University in learning and performance systems with a research focus on role theory and social positions. Additionally, he has been the recipient of two international research fellowships – one to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the other to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Cape Town, South Africa.