Leo Linbeck III

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Leo Linbeck, III
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Campaign for Primary Accountability
Bachelor'sNotre Dame
Master'sUniversity of Texas, Stanford
Leo Linbeck is President and CEO of Aquinas Co's LLC, and Chairman of the Board Linbeck Group, LLC. He is an adjunct professor at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business and Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

Linbeck also serves as the co-chairman of the Campaign for Primary Accountability, an organization formed in September 2011 to educate voters about primary elections for U.S. Congress.


  • Notre Dame (1984)
    • BA Liberal Studies
    • BS Civil Engineering
  • University of Texas (1987) – Master’s degree in Structural Engineering
  • Stanford (1994) – MBA[1]
    • At Stanford, Linbeck graduated valedictorian of his class and also received the Arbuckle award as the student who had contributed most to the school.[2]

Linbeck works as an adjunct professor at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and at Stanford’s Graduate school of Business.[3] Linbeck advocates education reform through his heavy involvement with KIPP and REEP.


Linbeck worked with a few UT professors for a start-up company called the Jafy Corporation, after which, Linbeck traveled to Tokyo, Japan where he worked for Nishimatsu Kensetsu Kaisha for a year.[4] Linbeck has worked for 22 years with his family owned business Linbeck Group, LLC, and is CEO of Aquinas Companies, LLC. The Stanford faculty bio says of Linbeck’s work as CEO of Aquinas Companies, LLC:

"Since Leo joined the leadership team at the company, its annual revenues have grown from $40 million to over $500 million. Aquinas' unusual structure and business practices have inspired tremendous employee loyalty, with an average tenure among senior managers of more than 20 years, as well as making a significant community impact through an annual tithe of its net income."[5]

Linbeck founded

Linbeck has founded institutions supporting innovative management and structure in a variety of fields including:

  • Collaborative Process Institute
  • Lean Construction Institute
  • Global Management Program
  • Next State Entertainment Corporation
  • New Castle Group

Linbeck also developed the Cotswold Project, explained by Linbeck’s biography on the New Castle Website as “a self-funding urban redevelopment program, which is currently being implemented over 80 blocks of down town Houston.”[6]

Other involvement

According to Linbeck’s Stanford faculty bio:

"Leo serves on the board of Advocates for Choice Schools, Chantal Cookware, Free Enterprise Institute, Holocaust Museum Houston, the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, and Young Presidents Organization, Houston Chapter. He is a member of the University of Texas Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department External Advisory Committee, the Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board, the Advisory Council of the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF), and the Rice University Centennial Campaign Cabinet. He also chairs The Linbeck Family Charitable Foundation, a supporting organization of the GHCF.[7]

Efforts to reform education

Linbeck is involved with PreK-12 education reform. His work is focused on the expansion of high-performing charter schools in low-income communities.


The Knowledge is Power Program is an institution of public college preparatory charter schools in low income areas. KIPP schools serve students K-12 in 90 schools nationwide.[8] Linbeck works with KIPP Houston as the Chief Growth Architect and has developed a model "grow to 42 KIPP Houston schools in the next eight years," as reported by San Francisco’s Examiner in 2009.[9]


The Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program is a program through Rice University’s Graduate School of Business designed for school teachers. The REEP website says:

"The Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, also known as REEP, is about school leadership. REEP equips current and aspiring school leaders with the management tools, strategic frameworks and supportive networks they need to face the challenges of public school leadership."[10]


In 2009, San Francisco’s Examiner criticized Linbeck’s conservative views in an article titled “The Wit and wisdom of KIPP’s right-winged business titan angle.” Linbeck was quoted making political comments that the reporter disagreed with.[9]

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