About LEEP Dual Language Academies
LEEP Dual Language Academies is a new charter school organization created by Latino Educational Equity Partnerships (LEEP), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in San Antonio, Texas. Scroll down to learn more about our Team, Board of Directors, Partners, and Supporters.
ROBERTO GUTIERREZ, FOUNDER and PRESIDENT
Roberto Gutierrez founded LEEP in 2015. A San Antonio native and the son of Mexican immigrants, Roberto is a writer, filmmaker, communications leader, and former executive for leading national charter school networks. A graduate of St. Mary's University, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame for advancing values of justice and peace in American broadcasting.
MICHAEL REGNIER, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Michael Regnier leads all organizational operations and the development of the LEEP school design. He previously served as Director of Policy & Research for the New York City Charter School Center and Vice President of Organizational Learning & Impact at Turnaround for Children. He is a graduate of Princeton University with an M.A. from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Verenice Gutiérrez, Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Verenice Gutiérrez is a nationally recognized leader in bilingual education who leads LEEP's academic program and teacher training. An El Paso native and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, she earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas, El Paso; and a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University. Dr. Gutiérrez founded a successful dual-language program in Portland, Oregon and is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow. (She is of no relation to Roberto.)
Board of Directors
NELSON BROMS, FOUNDING CHAIRMAN
Nelson is the former chair of the Equitable Life Insurance Holding Companies. Currently, he provides strategic leadership to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Nelson was a co-founder of Financial Security Assurance Holdings Ltd., the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, the Ethics Resources Center in Washington, DC, the Natural Museum for Women In the Arts, the Council on Economics and National Security, and Family Academy in New York City.
JENNIFER K. KOPPEL
Jennifer is the former Vice President of Growth at IDEA Public Schools, a network of public charter schools serving low-income K-12 students in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Austin, TX. She has served as the policy and program consultant to philanthropists and policy leaders in Austin. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
David serves as Senior Financial Officer for USAA’s Chief of Staff Office, providing oversight of annual operating expenses of over $1.0B. He has over 33 years of finance and accounting experience in the financial services industry. David holds a BBA in Accounting from St. Mary’s University and an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University.
Lionel is the founder of Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates (now Bromley Communications), which became the largest Hispanic advertising agency in the U.S. An acknowledged expert in Hispanic consumer and voter behavior, he was named “One of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America” by Time Magazine. Lionel also serves on the boards of The Kipp Academy of San Antonio, City-Year San Antonio, Texans for Education Reform and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Strategic Planning Committee.
LEEP is proud to operate our school in partnership with Responsive Education Solutions. Since 1998, ResponsiveEd® has responded to communities' educational needs, helping students develop into lifelong learners and achieve their academic goals. Learn more at ResponsiveEd.com.
The "P" in LEEP standards for Partnerships, and we are developing even more. We are especially focused on addressing the long-term challenge of dual-language teacher recruitment and development. Want to work with us? Get in touch >>
LEEP is grateful for our financial supporters in San Antonio and across the nation, including:
The George W. Brackenridge Foundation
The Carnegie Corporation of New York
Choose to Succeed
The New Schools Venture Fund
Mr. Nelson Broms
Estate of Fidencio Gutierrez & Family
Jon Sher and Joaquin Matias
Lionel and Kathy Sosa