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Director of Immigration and Economic Opportunity
Alex is the founder of PAIR: Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees—a nonprofit working with refugee youth who have resettled in Houston—and the co-founder of a company that works with small businesses in East Africa. An attorney licensed in the State of New York, Alex is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He has a Masters in Economics coursework in Argentina and graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in political science and Hispanic studies.
Ana Mac Naught
Community Developer at Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center
Ana Mac Naught was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico and ever since she was little, Ana has always had a passion for community work and helping others. She currently oversees all programs and services at the Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center. She connects nearly 8,000 people who visit the center every month to a variety of resources including a tax center, a credit union, adult education classes, charter schools and enrichment sessions for youth and adults.
Community Engagement Manager
As the Community Engagement Developer, Bolivar encourages residents to stay civically engaged. He helps people become more active in their community by starting neighborhood groups and providing assistance to existing organizations, such as neighborhood watch groups. Bolivar was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force.
Isy Gabriela Conde
Assistant Director of Community Development
She believes that every process and resource in a community can be transformed if the right people work together and believe in the change. Gaby works as an Assistant Director of Community Development and collaborates with 6 different neighborhoods in Houston, implementing strategic community development and directs partnerships and program optimization. Gaby has been recognized by the Southwest Management District and received the Civilian Award in 2014. She has also been awarded by the Sharpstown Rotary Club in the 2014 Installation and Award Banquet.
Jill is primarily responsible for managing the program’s client cases, which includes the supervision of the program’s BIA Accredited Representatives. Jill’s immigration work focuses on Citizenship and Naturalization; Deferred Action; representation of refugees and asylees; family reunification cases; and humanitarian-based relief. Jill also supports the Immigration & Citizenship Program’s Naturalization services through the development of materials for and ongoing legal support of BakerRipley’s Immigration Forums and Naturalization Workshops.
Director of Dementia and Caregiver Support Services
Katie is a native Houstonian whose passion is centered around creating opportunities for engagement for individuals with dementia and creating a strong support system to help their families. Katie received her Bachelor’s degree at Rice University and received her Master of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Through her leadership of the dementia-specific adult day center and the Houston Alliance to Address Dementia Project, she is dedicated to changing the way the community treats families with dementia.
Sr. Director of Community Based Initiatives
Expertise:Community Development and Immigration
Oriana began her career at BakerRipley in 1998 as Assistant to the President and CEO. Her experience with the agency includes operations and management, volunteer management, fundraising, member drives, community development / engagement and capital campaigns. In 2010, Garcia also served as Project Director for Gulfton Promise Neighborhood, and worked collaboratively with partners to ensure compliance of required strategies from the US Department of Education. A native of Honduras, Garcia is fluent in English and Spanish. [Read More].