Global Perspectives with Claudia Aguirre
April 14, 2021
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About Claudia Aguirre
Aguirre leads BakerRipley, a nonprofit community development organization that has transformed neighborhoods across Houston. She leads a team of more than 1,400 employees across 67 locations, with an annual operating budget of $411 million.
Aguirre has more than two decades of government, education and nonprofit leadership. She is an expert in child development, community engagement and immigration policy and has been featured in publications by the Center for American Progress and New York Times, among others.
Aguirre joined BakerRipley in 2010 as vice president of community-based initiatives and worked her way up to senior VP and chief program officer. She led the operation of six community centers and directed the expansion of the BakerRipley community school district. She guided the development of the BakerRipley New Neighbor School, a nationally recognized school for immigrant and refugee children.
Aguirre has received numerous education and community awards, having recently been named among the “2020 Most Admired CEOs” by the Houston Business Journal. She currently serves as a Class C director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and is a board member of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the Greater Houston Partnership.
Aguirre holds a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She earned principal, superintendent, special education and English as a Second Language certifications and holds an education executive certification from Harvard University.
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