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Leo Bobadilla—Chief Operating Officer

Leo Bobadilla is the Chief Operating Officer for Houston ISD and is responsible for all Business Operations areas. In this role he provides leadership to a workforce of almost 7,000 employees and administers an annual operating budget of over $250 million. The Business Operations Team oversees construction bond programs totaling more than $3 billion and a real estate portfolio with over 30 million square feet of facility space in more than 600 buildings at more than 300 locations spread out over 300 square miles. The team is also responsible for a bus fleet of almost 1,000 buses that travel over 15 million miles annually and a food services operation that serves more than 280,000 meals each day. Business Operations includes: facilities maintenance, construction (bond), transportation, food services, police, business assistance, risk management, insurance, warehousing, and other related business areas.

Under Mr. Bobadilla's leadership, the Business Operations Team has supported and garnered many awards, accolades and accomplishments that include:

  • Distinguished Service Award- Chief Operations Officer, Council of the Great City Schools
  • Broad Prize for Urban Education, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
  • Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award, Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum
  • Leadership in Action Award, Leadership Houston
  • Green Pioneer Award, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
  • 2012 Bond- In November 2012, voters approved a $1.89 billion school construction bond—the largest in the history of Texas—with a 69 percent margin of support
  • J. Howard Rambin III Founder’s Award, Houston Mayor
  • Telly Award- Educational Safety Video
  • District of Distinction-Transportation, District Administration
  • 100 Best Fleets Award, Government Fleet: 2011-2015
  • Government Green Fleet Award, Government Fleet: 2011-2013
  • Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability Award, National Pupil Transportation Association
  • Health and Hunger Champions Award for Best Practice Model, Hunger Free Texans
  • USDA Healthier US Schools Challenge- Platinum Pear Award, Texas Department of Agriculture
  • No Kid Hungary-Breakfast Champion Award, Share our Strength

Mr. Bobadilla received a bachelor's degree in organizational management at Warner Southern College, a master's degree in business administration at Webster University's School of Business and Technology, and a Juris Doctor degree at Florida A&M University's College of Law. Mr. Bobadilla is a certified general contractor and a licensed attorney in the state of Florida. He is also certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Educational Facilities Planner (CEFP). Mr. Bobadilla has over 20 years’ experience in education, government and private industry.

Contact Information:

Leo Bobadilla
Chief Operating Officer
Houston Independent School District
4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77092-8501

Phone: 713-556-6150; Fax: 713-556-6015