Chiefs for Change Board Chair | Superintendent of San Antonio Independent School District
Pedro Martinez is chair of the Chiefs for Change Board of Directors and superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) in Texas. In January 2016, he unveiled SAISD’s Blueprint for Excellence: Target 2020, which outlines strategies the district is using to achieve 10 primary academic goals. The plan is built on the five pillars of academic excellence, talent management, culture shift, stakeholder engagement, and fiscal management.
Before joining SAISD, Martinez was superintendent in residence for the Nevada Department of Education, where he was responsible for advising the governor’s office and the superintendent of public instruction on education policy decisions. Prior to that, he was superintendent of the 64,000-student Washoe County School District, which serves Reno, Nev., and the surrounding area. While in Washoe County, Martinez improved graduation rates and increased the percentage of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams. Previously, he was chief financial officer at Chicago Public Schools—the nation’s third-largest district—under the leadership of Arne Duncan, who later served as U.S. secretary of education.
Martinez has more than 20 years of experience in the private, nonprofit, and public education sectors. He holds an MBA from DePaul University and a bachelor’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy.