Our Board

Steve Lewis, Board Chairman

Steve C. Lewis is the Chairman of the Board of Jefferson Bank, a community Bank with 11 locations in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding communities. Steve also serves as Chairman of the Board of Jefferson Bancshares, Inc.. Currently, Steve serves as a Director of Texas Wildlife Association, Trustee of the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, Honorary Director of Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, former Director of San Antonio Zoological Society, Director of Texas Agricultural Land Trust, and Director of Cibolo Nature Center. Steve graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA degree and holds a law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. He is an Eagle Scout. Steve and his wife, Susan, have three boys; Kenneth S. Adams IV, Barclay C. Adams, and Richard Spencer Lewis II. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis reside in San Antonio, Texas.

Matthew Randazzo, Board Member

Matthew was born and raised in Detroit. From an early age he understood the importance of a high-quality education setting the foundation for a strong future. He attended Albion College in Michigan where he studied political science and Latin American studies. He continued his education at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Master of Public Affairs degree. Prior to joining Choose to Succeed, Matthew was the Chief Growth Officer for IDEA Public Schools. In his role at IDEA he oversaw the inception and execution of aggressive growth plans for the charter school and learned a lot about the impact high-performing charter schools can have on the communities they serve. Matthew was the founding President and CEO of Choose to Succeed. Currently, Matthew is the Chief of Growth & Strategy for the National Math and Science Initiative.

Will Harte, Board Member

Will Harte is a native Texan and active in ranching and the oil and gas business. For the past decade, Will has been actively involved in supporting education initiatives.  He currently serves as Secretary of the Choose to Succeed board and is a trustee on several other private foundations including San Antonio’s Ewing Halsell Foundation.  He is a former trustee of Texas Agricultural Land Trust, Texas Wildlife Association.

Henry Gonzalez, Board Member

Henry Gonzalez is a native of San Antonio. A practicing lawyer, he has been involved in promoting high performing charter schools since 2008. He received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the Baylor University School of Law.  He and his wife, Barbie, have three children.

George Pedraza, BOARD MEMBER

George Pedraza is a Wealth Advisor at Wells Fargo Private Bank. He previously worked for 25 years as an Investment Banker in Texas in the municipal securities field. He has been involved in the educational field since 2003 as a founding member of the Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering, a San Antonio area Charter School. He later became CEO of Academica Management SW, LLC, an educational services company working with Charter Schools in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that he was an Assistant to the City Manager of the City of San Antonio, Texas. He has also been a developer of affordable single family housing and was President of American Sunrise in San Antonio. He has been a consultant to various non-profit housing providers, charter school organizations in Texas, Miami and Los Angeles as well as the Annie E. Casey Foundation. He has served on multiple boards including the Center for State & Local Government Excellence in Washington, DC, the ICMA Retirement Corporation and the TECABOCA Marianist Center for Spiritual Renewal in Mountain Home, TX. In addition to Choose to Succeed, George is currently on the boards of Ballet San Antonio and Central Catholic High School. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas @ San Antonio, a Masters in City & Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. He also holds Series 7, 53 and 63 licenses. He and his wife Rachel have four children.