Claudia Aguirre, president & CEO of BakerRipley in Houston, has joined the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Board of Directors. 

As chief executive of BakerRipley, Aguirre leads the internationally renowned community development organization, which has transformed neighborhoods across Houston for 112 years. BakerRipley is the largest community development organization in Texas, serving nearly 600,000 annually. Its community-based services include immigration, workforce and career development, education, senior care, wellness, and community engagement.

According to Susan N. Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance, “Claudia Aguirre will be a wonderful addition to the Alliance Board. Her contributions to the Houston area are unparalleled. She led the operation of six community centers; directed the expansion of the BakerRipley community school district; and enhanced programs in civic engagement, small business incubation, and immigration services. She will play a significant role in helping the Alliance to continue to innovate and elevate our voice as a strategic action network.” 

At BakerRipley, Aguirre leads more than 1,500 staff based in over 60 locations across greater Houston. She joined BakerRipley in 2010 as vice president of community-based initiatives and worked her way up to senior vice president and chief program officer. As superintendent of schools, she guided the development of the BakerRipley New Neighbor School, a nationally recognized school for newly arrived immigrant and refugee children. In 2018, Aguirre was promoted to CEO. To support BakerRipley’s growth, she spearheaded the organizational implementation of its appreciative community-building approach, which applies a strength-based model to community engagement. This remains central to the organization’s purpose—to keep Houston a place of opportunity for everyone. 

In addition to her work with BakerRipley, Aguirre is currently a Class C Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. 

To see BakerRipley in action and learn how your organization can better engage people’s strengths and aspirations, participate in the Impacting Poverty through People and Place Convening and Study Tour, March 18-20 in Houston.