Pedro MartinezSuperintendent San Antonio Independent School District

Pedro Martinez joined San Antonio ISD as superintendent in June 2015, bringing to the District a laser-like focus on improving academic achievement. As a data-driven leader with in-depth knowledge of academic reform strategies, he firmly believes students will rise to the challenge with the proper supports – that by setting the bar high, many more students will demonstrate the aptitude and aspiration to perform at higher levels and be well-prepared for college and career.

In January 2016, Martinez unveiled the SAISD Blueprint for Excellence: Target 2020, a five-year plan with 10 academic goals. The plan is supported by five pillars: Academic Excellence, Talent Management, Culture Shift, Stakeholder Engagement and Fiscal Management. The blueprint was developed with a long-term perspective and inclusive of the input of external institutions and organizations, as well as internal feedback. Martinez believes that the success of students extends beyond the time in the District and high school graduation, and for that to happen, all stakeholders need to be involved.

Before coming to SAISD, Martinez was Superintendent-in-Residence for the NV DoE and was responsible for advising the Governor’s office and the State Superintendent of Instruction on education policy decisions. Prior to that, he served as superintendent for the 64,000-student Washoe County School District, covering the Reno, NV, area. He also previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school district, under the leadership of Arne Duncan, the former US Secretary of Education.

Martinez has more than 20 years’ experience in the private, nonprofit and public education sectors. He holds an MBA from DePaul Univ and a bachelor’s degree from the Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy.


K-12 GENERAL SESSION: Looking Forward – How School Leaders Must be Vigilant in Planning, Preparedness, Prevention, and Response

7/22/2021 4:45 – 6:00 PM