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
Previously, he was Director of New Business Development for Public Sector Solutions and developed opportunities for the design and implementation of effective human services programs for other non-profit agencies and government organizations. Under his direction, the division grew from managing one child care contract, which served 13 counties, to four contracts serving 46 Texas counties and totaling more than $145 million annually. Currently, the Public Sector Solutions Division serves as Financial Aid Payment Contractor for Workforce Solutions – Gulf Coast Workforce Board, and as Child Care Service Contractor for the Coastal Bend, Deep East Texas, and Rural Capital Area Workforce Development Board areas.
Through the Stay Connected program, BakerRipley provides a compassionate response to both the material and emotional needs of people who have been affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes. In 2009, more than 17,000 people were connected with services and resources to assist them in the long-term recovery process.
Solis’ experience also includes service as the Chief Financial Officer for the YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region. He began his career with the YWCA in 1991 and held positions there as Child Care Services Administrator and Child Care Services Finance Supervisor, managing the child care subsidy program for the Upper Rio Grande Workforce Area.
Throughout his career, Solis has worked with many regional partnerships and has successfully secured and managed contracts with funding sources including school districts, United Way of Greater Houston, and the City of Houston.
A native of El Paso, Solis earned a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is married and has a son.