The Champions for Education 2nd Annual (Virtual) Breakfast will focus on a pivotal topic for San Antonio at this moment:

How to effectively remove educational barriers and inequities for lower-skilled San Antonio residents (those needing a GED and/or career credentials for immediate employment). Our goal is to bring awareness to systemic issues, to discuss best practices for supporting these individuals on the path to credential attainment and stable, sustainable jobs.

Our objective is to offer enlightenment on the mitigation of poverty, one student at a time.

With San Antonio’s poverty rate the highest of all major metropolitan U.S. cities, and the exacerbating impact of COVID-19, this is clearly a crucial topic at this time. Our esteemed panelists include national and local experts:
Dr. John Friedman

Our keynote speaker, Dr. John Friedman is a Professor of Economics, International and Public Affairs at Brown University and Founding Co-Director of Opportunity Insights at Harvard University. His research combines theory and data to arm local policymakers nationwide with data-driven insights that identify barriers to economic opportunity, and help develop scalable solutions that empowers people to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes.

Paula Gold-Williams

Paula Gold-Williams is the President and CEO of CPS Energy. She leads 3,100 team members with the vision of “people first” that guides CPS efforts to deliver value to its customers, community, and employees into a new age of energy solutions. She has been with CPS for 16 years, brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in San Antonio, and serves on a broad portfolio of Boards and committees. Paula is the Immediate Past Chair of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and was awarded Chief Trailblazer of the Year, an international honor by S&P Global Platts for her innovation to customers and community.

Anson Green

Anson Green, Senior Manager of Economic Opportunity with Tyson Foods, is a workforce, education, and training trailblazer whose passion is deploying innovative service models for low- and middle-skilled workers to support their life ambitions. He led the transformation of the over $80M Texas Federal Adult Education program at the Texas Workforce Commission into a solution for Texans seeking responsive education and training services to meet their college and career aspirations. Anson is the 2020 National Adult Education Administrator of the Year.

Romanita Matta-Barrera is the Executive Director of SA Works, the workforce development arm of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. She leads efforts to align education, workforce, economic development and policymakers to meet the talent needs of our city’s current and future employers.

Her career spans workforce development, education policy and media relations. She worked at SER Jobs for Progress, served as Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and Director of Hispanic Outreach and Communications at the U.S. Department of Education.

Richard Perez, President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce since 2007 will moderate. Previously, Mr. Perez served two terms on San Antonio’s City Council, was appointed by the Clinton administration as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and much more.

The event will be virtual. Event attendance is free. 


Beneficient Financial
Burlington English
Alamo Colleges District | San Antonio College
Precision Contracting
SAHA | San Antonio Housing Authority
the NRP group
4M Realty Company
Valero Energy Foundation
Texas A&M University San Antonio
CPS Energy
City of San Antonio Human Services
Broadway Bank

Elsa Barshop
Patti Benitez
Dawn Green
Ric Jimenez
Mahlon Long & Nadia Islam
Josh and Miranda Sutin


San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio Report
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Please help us further the community conversation to reduce poverty and transform the lives of our students by participating as a program sponsor of the 2nd annual Champions for Education (Virtual) Breakfast. For more information on Sponsorship Levels, click HERE.

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