Leon graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) School of Education-Cultural Foundation with a MS in 1972. He received an MBA from the UWM School of Business Administration in 1969 and also acquired a BA in Latin & Greek Classic Studies at Northwestern Lutheran College in 1965. After serving 5 years as Director of Sales and Marketing for Rexnord’s Data Systems Division, in May of 1987, Leon became a Managing Partner with Strategic Technologies Consulting, located in Milwaukee, and is presently Director of Strategic Planning, Marketing and Public Relations for the firm. In 1975, Leon was elected to the MPS Board of School Directors, held a citywide seat, and served until 1981. He was a candidate for state superintendent in 1977 and was re-elected to a MPS district seat (District 3) in 1994 and again in 1995.
Former Director Todd has long recognized that public school education has been the route to the middle class for African American children. He is a frequent guest lecturer, op-ed columnist, and panel speaker on a wide variety of issues related to public school education, school choice, and charter schools.