We are a team of educators, parents and entrepreneurs dedicated to creating groundbreaking public schools that inspire and empower San Antonio children.
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Larson has spent his career investing in the San Antonio education ecosystem, from his years as a public school classroom teacher at an innovative magnet campus to founding and leading KIPP in San Antonio for 17 years. In his final year with KIPP, Mark helped shepherd a statewide merger of KIPP networks, serving as Chief External Officer for KIPP Texas.
Committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunities they need to graduate from high school, college, and lead a choice-filled life, Mark works through districts, charters, and across the political spectrum to bring about a stronger San Antonio
Mark attended Trinity University for both undergraduate and graduate work. He is married to Stacy Pozza Larson, is the father of Elijah, Samuel, and Ashlan, and is the proud stepfather to Haley.
Senior Director of Seat Investments
After earning a degree in policy studies with a focus in law and justice from Rice University, Sukh was awarded a scholarship to take her passion abroad and research human rights in various countries including Chile, Rwanda, and India and it was there that her passion for education was born. Sukh joined the Teach for America corps, teaching Math and English at Stevenson Middle School in the Houston Independent School District. Wanting to affect greater change, she served as a College Adviser and then Dean of Instruction at the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy and Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy, while completing her MBA at Rice University as a part of the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program. Eager to continue her education, Sukh is pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Leadership at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College.
Director of Innovative Projects
Brian Regnier is the Director of Innovative Projects at City Education Partners. Brian's background is in tech and retail, building teams and managing operations for global brands. Most recently, he was at Apple, opening and managing stores in Austin and San Antonio as well as leading national roll-outs for new products.
Switching to the nonprofit sector, he's now putting these entrepreneurial skills to work in developing and launching new projects in service of providing groundbreaking public schools for San Antonio children. Most recently he’s launched a collaborative workspace for organizations devoted to empowering and inspiring children.
Dalia Flores Contreras,
Senior Director of Community Engagement
Dalia Flores Contreras is the Senior Director of Community Engagement at City Education Partners (CEP). Dalia grew up in the west side of San Antonio and is a graduate of both Palo Alto College (PAC) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She holds a bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies and a masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UTSA.
She has over 14 years of experience in education and has served in a variety of roles from classroom teacher to Superintendent of schools. She has had the opportunity to study, learn and work in the education ecosystem of Texas, Illinois, and Oklahoma. Dalia is extremely passionate about authentic community engagement and believes in the power of educating, equipping and empowering families and communities to be advocates and change makers.
John Hayes brings more than 28 years of experience in business investment, finance and operations within the energy and real estate sectors. His diverse and unique skill sets include senior management and finance in three public companies, managing millions of dollars in revenues, expenditures and payrolls. His experience provides an excellent background for corporate governance, finance, operations, compliance and accountability. He is a dedicated volunteer and contributing citizen in the community, serving as the Board Chair for the San Antonio Area Foundation
David launched The Mind Trust in 2006 to help create an educational landscape in Indianapolis that would give every child the opportunity to receive an excellent education. Before starting The Mind Trust, David spent five years as Peterson’s Charter Schools Director, where he built a charter school office that received Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award. He joined Peterson’s team after practicing law with the Indianapolis firm of Baker & Daniels and leading efforts to draft the Peterson Plan, the mayor’s 1999 strategy for running city government.
Jenna Saucedo-Herrera joined the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) as president and chief executive officer in 2016.
Before joining SAEDF, Saucedo-Herrera served as Vice President of Public Affairs and Brand
Management for CPS Energy where she led the economic development, corporate communications, marketing, and corporate responsibility functions for the organization.
Saucedo-Herrera has received accolades including: the “2015 Women in Leadership Award” and the “2017 40 Under 40: Woman of the Year Award” from the San Antonio Business Journal, acknowledgment by the San Antonio Express-News in their “2016 Women Who Run San Antonio” feature, and recognition in Culturemap’s “Top Texans Under 30”.
Ken Halliday is a strategic advisor who serves on the Boards of Silver Ventures, Inc., the Goldsbury Foundation, the Pearl Brewery and
NatureSweet Tomatoes, Ltd. He also serves on the Board of various community organizations, including Chairman of City Education Partners, the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Co-Chair of the Advisory Council for the CIA’s San Antonio Campus and the Myeloma Institute for
Research and Therapy. Ken is a former CPA and partner with the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. Ken holds a BBA and JD from the University of Texas at Austin.
Our board is at the heart of our work. Comprised of local business leaders, education reform experts, and generous philanthropists, they are dedicated to transforming the future for every San Antonio student.
Lionel is the CEO of YesOurKidsCan.org, (Yes!) a not-for-profit organization. Its mission: to disrupt generational poverty by instilling a Success Mindset in every family no matter their financial circumstance.
Lionel was named “One of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America” by Time Magazine. NBC.com named him as one of the five people in the U.S. who are “The Keepers of the Latino Culture.” In 2000, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of the Incarnate Word.
Lionel founded Sosa Bromley Aguilar and Associates which became the largest Hispanic ad agency in the country serving Fortune 500 clients, among them, Coca Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Proctor & Gamble and American Airlines.