Gladys Karen Hernández, M. Ed., MBA Candidate
Leadership SAISD Executive Director
Gladys is an educator, leader, and coach passionate about education reform. Her career in education started 8 years ago with Teach For America, which brought her to a 5th grade classroom in an area of great need and promise on San Antonio’s east side. That experience transformed her and has shaped her to become the dedicated advocate she is today in bringing about joyful and equitable educational programs and opportunities for kids, caregivers, and educators.
Growing up a first-generation college graduate, it is Gladys’ belief that all kids deserve the best opportunities to learn, thrive, and grow. As a local educational leader, Gladys has made it her business to work within educational departments to apply her keen eye and creative spirit in developing and enhancing educational systems and programs that prove the possible in San Antonio’s educational landscape and beyond. By building collective impact and critical consciousness, it has become her deepened interest to grow the community’s capacity and network of talented educators and partners through innovative professional development and expand into other industries to create a collective of thought leaders across sectors. Gladys is committed to identifying opportunity and innovation within education for kids.
Gladys serves the greater San Antonio community as the Executive Director for Leadership SAISD, the only Education-focused leadership development program in Bexar County. Gladys is active in the San Antonio leadership and educational community through her service on various committees including the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program Steering Committee, and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Development Council.
During her free time, Gladys enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, and exercising at the local D.R. Semmes Family YMCA.
Our Board of Directors
Eddy Hernandez Perez serves as Leadership SAISD's Board President. Eddy helped recruit and lead Leadership SAISD’s inaugural class as the organization’s founding Executive Director. Eddy came to LSAISD after teaching bilingual fifth grade on the West Side of San Antonio through Teach For America. Eddy went on to earn his Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University as an Urban Scholars Fellow, and a Law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he clerked for the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Charter Schools Association. Eddy continues to pursue his passion for supporting students and educators by serving as legal counsel to Texas school districts as an associate school attorney at Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.
Rosa Gomez is the Senior Manager for H-E-B Corporate Communications and Multi-Media Department. As a first generation college graduate, Rosa came to SAISD through working for Generation Texas San Antonio as their Director of Marketing and Communications. Through that role, Rosa helped tell the stories of SAISD students and parents, as well as help the non-profit provide community coordination of resources to prepare San Antonio students for college and careers. As an interested community member with a passion for education, Rosa is a Leadership SAISD alumni. Pursing her passions for education, philanthropy and traveling, Rosa also spent a year in Honduras where she used her bilingual skills as a 6th grade teacher at Day-Star Private Bilingual School, as well as providing organizational internal communications support. Rosa earned an Associate of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from South Plains College and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of North Texas. During college, Rosa built a career as a television news producer for 12 years throughout Texas starting in her hometown of Levelland, TX at the young age of 19. She is a SAISD mentor and is on the H-E-B Diversity Council. Rosa lives in San Antonio with her sweet pup, Lily.
David Nungaray serves as Leadership SAISD's Secretary and began his work in education through SAISD as a 4th grade teacher at Bonham Academy. While at Bonham, David was named the SAISD Elementary School Rising Star in 2011. He also served as Secretary on the SAISD District Leadership Team. David originally came from California to San Antonio as part of Teach For America’s charter corps of teachers. After teaching, David was an instructional coach with Teach For America, working at over 20 schools in SAISD. He received his Masters in School Leadership from Trinity University. He now works as an assistant principal in San Antonio. David has a strong belief and passion for public education, and he is committed to living out that belief and passion as part of the LSAISD Board of Directors.