John Leyba began life as a foster child. When he was five months old, Tony and Barbara Leyba, a working-class Hispanic family, brought him home from the Santa Clara County Children’s Shelter. In the years that followed, the Leybas tried to adopt John, but the County said “no” to the multi-ethnic family that would result. The Leybas broke through racial barriers, and in June 1984, John became “John Leyba” when he was adopted. Now John had parents, his younger sister, Lydia (adopted with him) and six older brothers and sisters. John joined a large, loving, and extended family.
John Leyba grew up in Alum Rock, in East San Jose. He graduated from Alum Rock’s public elementary schools (Lyndale Elementary and Joseph George Middle) and earned scholarships to Archbishop Mitty High School and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. At Dartmouth, he became the first in his family to attend an Ivy League university and earned his bachelor’s degree focused on public economics and finance.
John worked in software development and sales, corporate treasury, and various project management, process governance, analytic, supervisory, and managerial roles over the last 15 years in the high-tech and energy industries.
Along the way, John and his wife, Marisol Andrade Leyba, connected and fell in love while working to improve schools in East San Jose. An Alum Rock native, Marisol teaches second-grade at McCollam Elementary School. John and Marisol married in 2008 and spend their weekends visiting parks, doing neighborhood projects, and working for important causes with their two daughters, ages 8 and 9.