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Laura Saldivar Luna is the founding executive director of Teach For America in San Antonio. In her role as executive director, Laura leads the region’s strategic direction, working with education partners, community members, corps members, alumni, and staff to expand opportunity and equality for the region’s children. In the eight years under her leadership, Teach For America-San Antonio has reached over 50,000 students, raised more than 25 million dollars, and helped catalyze and scale major citywide education reforms. Laura got her start in education teaching high school English and ESL in the South Texas border town of Rio Grande City’an experience that cemented her desire to bring Teach For America to her own hometown of San Antonio. Prior to her role as executive director, Laura served on Teach For America’s recruitment and selection team, creating and implementing new models for modernizing the national admissions process. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University where she graduated magna cum laude with dual degrees in English and Spanish. In addition to her work with Teach For America, Laura also serves on the board of directors for The Rivard Report, a digital news source committed to making San Antonio a more informed and connected community. She and her husband, David, are proud alumni of public schools in San Antonio’s urban core, and they live in the same neighborhood where they were raised. They have two young children, Paloma and Lucas, and a Welsh corgi named Charlie. She is a Fellow of the 20th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.