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…

Tommy Inglesby

Vice Chair of the Board
Halliburton

I serve BakerRipley because of its mission to transform entire communities and its respect for the institutions and people it works with. And its people – Angela, Claudia, Ray, Pat (especially Pat) and the list goes on for hours…

Heather C. Simpson

Vice Chair of the Board
Community Leader

Margaret Kripke, Ph.D.

Secretary of the Board
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

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.

Olakitan Akinbamiro

Board Member

Caroline Baker

Board Member

Mike Ballases

Immediate Past Chair of the Board
Accord Business Funding

I got involved because of their strong stance on immigration. The road to citizenship for immigrants is the only sensible approach and, in fact, is supported by the majority of Americans. I believe that the vast majority of immigrants are motivated to be hard working, contributing members of our society.

Matthew Barnes

Board Member
Barnes Strategies

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.

Luis Elizondo-Thompson

Board Member
Safal Partners

Clyde Fitzgerald

Board Member
International Longshoremen's Association

Hank Holmes

Finance & Administration Chair
Cadence Bank

Michelle Hundley

Henry "Hank" Jones

Ayse McCracken

Board Member
VillageMD

Charles Prioleau

Board Member
Community Leader

I got involved because of Family - the focus on families that are served by BakerRipley, the family at BakerRipley that loves what they do, and the members of my family that have volunteered at BakerRipley and/or Ripley House in past years!

Risher Randall, Jr.

Board Member
Morgan Stanley

Barrett Reasoner

Board Member

Nasruddin Rupani

Board Member

Suzan Samuels

Board Member

Tom Sanders

Life Member of the Board
Sanders Enterprises

Mary Eliza Shaper

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.

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.

Rene Solis

Rene Solis

Senior Vice President of Public Sector Solutions Division

Rene Solis was named Vice President of Emerging Public Initiatives for BakerRipley in 2016. 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

Vice President of Sheltering Arms Senior Services

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.

Jeff Kramer

Jeff Kramer

Vice President of Fund Development

Jeff Kramer joined BakerRipley in 2016 as Vice President of Fund Development. With 32 years of nonprofit experience, he’ s held senior level positions with international, national and state faith-based nonprofits. Read more about Jeff’s work with BakerRipley.

Melissa Noriega

Melissa Noriega

Vice President for Policy and Partnerships

Ms. Noriega has been honored by her opportunity to be of service to the Houston community, and grateful for the support of her family, friends and community as she has pursued her career in public service. Read more about Melissa’s work with BakerRipley.

Kirk Rummel

Kirk Rummel

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Kirk Rummel came to BakerRipley in 2013 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for all Accounting, Reporting, Treasury, Budgeting and Financial Analysis for the agency. Read more about Kirk’s work with 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