Gwen Emmett

Chair
Community Leader

I am involved with BakerRipley because I want to make all neighborhoods in Harris County better. BakerRipley works hard and effectively for the good of our communities. I hope that by supporting BakerRipley, our communities and our residents’ lives change for good…

Matthew Barnes

Board Member
Barnes Strategies Consulting

Hank Holmes

Finance & Administration Chair
Cadence Bank

Tommy Inglesby

Vice Chair of the Board
Accenture

I serve BakerRipley because of its mission to transform communities and its respect for the institutions and people it works with.

Margaret Kripke, Ph.D.

Secretary of the Board
Community Leader

I became involved with BakerRipley because of their mission to transform neighborhoods and improve the lives of people in Houston. This is the most comprehensive, integrated, and effective approach to neighborhood redevelopment I have seen, and it is making a difference in the lives of people every day.

Mary Eliza Shaper

Vice Chair of the Board
Community Leader

Heather C. Simpson

Vice Chair of the Board
Community Leader

Deborah Byers

Board Member
EY

Richard Campo

Board Member
Camden Property Trust

Danny David

Board Member
Baker Botts LLP

Jonathan Day

Life Member of the Board
Andrews Kurth LLP

I got involved as a Board member of BakerRipley because it provides the assistance that Houston families need in order to become self-sufficient and engaged members of our community. No other organization in Houston has the scale and breadth to play this critical role.

D. Mark DeWalch

Board Member
DeWalch Technologies, Inc.

I am a strong supporter of BakerRipley both financially and with my time because BakerRipley is dedicated to helping people help themselves. Everything that they do is focused on enabling those that we touch to move down the road to improving themselves and their lives so that they can become self-sufficient and give back to those that follow them in their journey.

Irma Diaz-Gonzalez

Employment & Training Centers, Inc.

Luis Elizondo-Thompson

Board Member
Safal Partners

Clyde Fitzgerald

Board Member
International Longshoremen's Association

Michelle Hundley

Caroline Baker Hurley

Board Member
Harris County Civil District Court

Henry "Hank" Jones

Board Member
Community Leader

Ayse McCracken

Board Member
eNNOVATE Health Ventures

Barrett Reasoner

Board Member

Carleton Riser

Board Member
Transwestern Development Company

I got involved with BakerRipley because I was impressed with the organization’s goal of providing assistance that empowers people to improve their lives for the long term. It’s a “hand up” that can change lives permanently rather than a “hand out” that changes it temporarily.

Maria Rodriguez

Community Leader

Nasruddin Rupani

Board Member
World's Gold & Diamonds

Suzan Samuels

Board Member
Community Leader

Tom Sanders

Life Member of the Board
Sanders Enterprises

Elizabeth Schiffer

Board Member
Community Leader

Myrna Vital

Board Member
Community Leader
Claudia Aguirre

Claudia Aguirre

President and CEO

Claudia Aguirre is President and CEO of BakerRipley, leading the agency to respond and evolve to the emerging communities we serve. Aguirre has been with the agency since 2010, where she led efforts for program development and developed innovative solutions for Houston commmunities. Read more about Claudia’s work with BakerRipley.

Angela Blanchard

Angela Blanchard

President Emerita

Through her more than thirty years of experience, thought leader Angela Blanchard has reached an epiphany: A community should be defined by its strengths, resources, achievements and hopes – not its degree of “brokenness.” Read more about Angela’s work with BakerRipley.

Oriana Garcia

Oriana Garcia

Chief of Staff and Vice President of Organizational Development

Oriana Garcia serves as the Chief of Staff and Vice President of Organizational Development at BakerRipley acting as a strategic adviser to the CEO and Senior Management team.

Read more about Oriana’s Work at BakerRipley

David Haines II

David Haines II

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

David Haines II is BakerRipley’s Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer. David shapes the agency’s strategic direction while leading our development, planning and marketing efforts to increase BakerRipley’s impact in this region.

Read more about David’s Work at BakerRipley.

Kirk Rummel

Kirk Rummel

Chief Administrative Officer

Kirk Rummel is BakerRipley’s Chief Administrative Officer and CFO. He is responsible for accounting, reporting, treasury, budgeting and financial analysis, as well as oversight of the Information Technology, Human Resources, and Facilities teams for the agency. Read more about Kirk’s work with BakerRipley.

Rene Solis

Rene Solis

Chief Program Officer

Rene Solis is BakerRipley’s Chief Program Officer. In that role, he leads the operation of the Workforce Solutions Career Offices, Utility Assistance & Weatherization programs, Child Care subsidy programs, Veterans Services, and the Stay Connected Disaster Recovery initiatives. Read more about Rene’s work with BakerRipley.

Jane Bavineau

Jane Bavineau

VP of Health and Wellness

A social worker by trade and with nearly 30 years of experience in the field of gerontology, Bavineau has been recognized for her commitment to improving the lives of older adults. Read more about Jane’s work with BakerRipley.

Kate Birenbaum

Kate Birenbaum

General Counsel & Vice President of Governance
BakerRipley

Kate has practiced law for nearly 25 years, primarily representing employers in their relationships with their employees. She is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Click here to read more about Kate’s work.

Ann Hilbig

Ann Hilbig

Senior Vice President of Program Planning & Evaluation

With the understanding that the most important asset in any community is its people, Ann has worked to ensure that BakerRipley’s asset-based approach to community development is incorporated into all of its programs. Read more about Ann’s work at BakerRipley.

Stephenie Schillaci Olguin

Stephenie Schillaci Olguin

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

A brand is only as good as its story. And during Stephenie’s tenure at BakerRipley, formerly BakerRipley, her efforts have been based on this very belief. Read more about Stephenie’s work with BakerRipley.

Secretary James A. Baker III

61st U.S. Secretary of State

Susan G. Baker

Founding Member, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Nancy Andrews

President and CEO, Low Income Investment Fund

Mike Ballases

Accord Business Funding

Richard Baron

Co-Founder and CEO, McCormack Baron Salazar

J. Murry Bowden

Chairman and CEO, The Hanover Company

Henry Cisneros

Chairman, CityView

Jonathan Day

Of Counsel, Andrews Kurth LLP

Ira Goldstein, Ph.D.

President, The Reinvestment Fund

John Hofmeister

CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy Former President, Shell Oil Company

Dr. Karen Otazo Hofmeister

President, Global Leadership Network Inc.

Bruce Katz

Vice President and Founding Director, Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program

Marc Shapiro

Chairman, Chase Bank of Texas

Margery Austin Turner

Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management, Urban Institute

Marc Shapiro

Campaign Co-Chair
Chase Bank of Texas

J. Murry Bowden

Campaign Co-Chair
The Hanover Company

Secretary James A. Baker III & Susan G. Baker

Honorary Co-Chairs

R. Edwin Allday

Campaign Member
Independent Nonprofit Counsel

Mike Ballases

Campaign Member
BakerRipley

William E. Chiles

Campaign Member
Bristow Group Inc.

Jonathan Day

Campaign Member
Andrews Kurth LLP

James W. Crownover

Campaign Member
McKinsey & Company

John Hofmeister

Campaign Member
Citizens for Affordable Energy

Dr. Karen Otazo Hofmeister

Campaign Member
Global Leadership Network Inc.

Hank Holmes

Campaign Member
Cadence Bank

Wilhelmina E. “Beth” Robertson

Campaign Member
Community Leader

Heather C. Simpson

Campaign Member
Community Leader