Patricia Arvanitis is the Executive Director of Leadership ISD, guiding the organization’s development, growth, and impact. As one of the founders of the organization, Patricia has been instrumental in creating both the vision and the programming. Under Patricia’s guidance Leadership ISD has grown into a highly regarded civic development and advocacy program preparing over 300 community leaders to influence educational equity and excellence. As an entrepreneur for the past twenty years, Patricia was able to build a business which both supported her family and contributed to her community by developing better communications and branding for schools, non-profits, and businesses. Prior to opening her design company in 1993, Patricia spent several years in the banking industry in Dallas. It was at this time that she began her interest in education by serving as a mentor for North Dallas High as a young professional.
In subsequent years, Patricia has been involved with many school organizations. Her involvement in both the Lamplighter and Shelton schools in Dallas provided her with a deep understanding of the value a strong community can make in a child’s education. These experiences proved very valuable as she took on the role of PTA President at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she tripled the size of membership and created new parent education programs. Through her work with the Booker T. community, Patricia became involved in broader public education issues impacting not only the Dallas ISD students but all students in Texas.
Patricia recently served as part of the Strive National Equity in Education Fellowship where she worked as part of a four person Dallas Team with four other city teams to develop a plan to address educational equity in each community. In addition to this Fellowship, Patricia also has served on the following boards and committees in support of education; Booker T. Washington Arts Advisory Board, Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation, Conrad High School Academies Advisory Committee, Commit! Leadership Council, and the DISD Public School Choice Advisory Committee and the District of Innovation Advisory Committee.
Patricia completed her undergraduate work in Communications at the University of Texas, Dallas and her graduate work in Conflict Management at Southern Methodist University. Her daughter, Dillon, graduated from Dallas ISD and attended Carnegie Mellon University. Patricia and her husband, Tony Bell, reside in northwest Dallas.