Luis Elizondo-Thomson

Luis Elizondo-Thomson

Board Chair

Luis serves as Senior Director at Safal Partners (Sanskrit for “good outcomes”) a management consulting firm enabling education reform nationally and locally. Headquartered in Houston their clients range from the Department of Education and the Texas Education Association to foundations and non-profits located across the country.

Previously, Luis served Teach for America (“TFA”) from 2013 through 2016 as the Houston Executive Director, leading one of the largest and most tenured regions in the country. His previous experience includes 5 years as an investment banker specializing in infrastructure finance and several years working in local and national politics — including two presidential campaigns.

Immediately before joining TFA he managed the Parks By You (“PBY”) campaign, the first phase of a public private partnership to raise $271 million to improve existing parks, build new ones and elevate Houston to the city with the most hike and bike trails in the nation. Proposition B, which appeared on the November 2012 ballot, passed with overwhelming support securing more votes than any other proposition in the history of the city.

Prior to the Parks By You initiative Mr. Elizondo-Thomson worked in conjunction with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Aspen Institute on the Latino Leadership Initiative.

During his career as a banker Mr. Elizondo-Thomson led the Houston office for a boutique investment bank. He was responsible for expanding business operations throughout the greater Houston area and clients nationwide. He served as both financial advisor and underwriter on a broad range of financings — including general obligation bonds, sales tax supported bonds, variable rate and fixed rate revenue bonds for clients such as the State of Texas, City of Houston, City of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston Metro among many others.

Prior to that, he worked on two national political races. During the 2004 presidential election he held various positions. Most notably he served as Regional Political Director overseeing Iowa, New Hampshire and California during the primary and was promoted to national Director for Hispanic Affairs for the general election overseeing a multimilliondollar effort targeting Latinos across the country via radio, TV, direct mail and the Internet. During the 2000 campaign, he worked in Tennessee and was assigned to the Orlando region during the Florida re-count.

Mr. Elizondo-Thomson holds a B.A. in English from Hobart College and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, he is active with several local and national boards and organizations.

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