Margaret R. (Peggy) McLeod, Ed.D
Peggy McLeod runs UnidosUS’s (formerly the National Council of La Raza) education and workforce development programs, including its charter school network. Under her direction, programs for young Latinos were streamlined to ensure a comprehensive approach to helping them graduate from high school ready for college and the workforce. These programs use a combination of volunteer and on-the-job training, mentorship, and guidance for teens who may be the first in their families to contemplate higher education. In addition, the education team continues to focus on improving educational outcomes for English learners. The workforce development initiatives McLeod oversees include programs that help low-skilled and limited-English-proficient adults access jobs in health care and customer service.
Before joining UnidosUS, McLeod served as the executive director of student services for Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia and the assistant superintendent for special education at the Washington, DC, Office of the State Superintendent of Education. She earned her doctoral degree in bilingual special education leadership from The George Washington University, her master’s degree in special education from New York University, and her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Puerto Rico.