Project Description

Enriching the Lives of Rio Grande Valley Students

Founded in 1992, Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development (RGV LEAD) develops and manages collaborative projects that bring employers and educators together to help students set and achieve college-and-career goals. RGV LEAD’s initiatives are all cross-sector collaborative projects, with partners including school districts, colleges and universities, business and industry, and government. The work of RGV LEAD staff in the various projects is like that of the project manager in a joint venture: RGV LEAD brings the partners together in projects where they collaborate to achieve mutually agreed-upon goals. RGV LEAD evaluates all initiatives, operating in a continuous-improvement model.

The RGV LEAD business history and organizational theory make the case that there is power in the industry-education partnership. The result is much like a professional sports team: experts playing with experts. Mix in staff and board passion, and you have an intelligent and integrated strategy for growing and engaging stakeholders in the work.

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Welcome to RGV LEAD’s Inaugural “Shooting for Success” 2021 Skeet Shoot Fundraiser! We are delighted you are here! On behalf of the RGV LEAD Board of Directors and staff, I want to thank all our sponsors and participants for joining us today. We could not have done this without your support and generosity!

Lizzy de la Garza Putegnat, RGV LEAD Board President

Make a Donation Like a Student’s Future Depends on It.

With your support, we aim to help every student in the Rio Grande Valley reach his or her academic and career potential. We want all students to learn, to succeed, and to lay the early groundwork for fulfilling lives. Every dollar makes a difference.

RGV LEAD provides a system that can be depended upon to create success in all our initiatives. The impacts are large, and the students’ lives and their families are changed.

Luis Rodriguez, RGV LEAD Executive Director


As long as poverty, injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest. It doesn’t take much to change a life, Get in touch today and start making the difference.