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Our Team

We are inspired by innovative ideas, passionate about education, and dedicated to Houston’s students and families. Our team’s mission is to increase the number of children succeeding in high-quality learning environments.

LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT

Alex Elizondo

Alex Elizondo

Chief Executive Officer

Ashley Cash

Ashley Cash

Chief Operating Officer

Delicia Jones

Delicia Jones

Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

Cary Wright

Cary Wright

Chief External Affairs Officer

Abby Buck

Abby Buck

People Operations and Executive Assistant

ADVANCEMENT

Faria Dhamani

Faria Dhamani

Managing Director of Strategic Philanthropy

Adriana Bolivar

Adriana Bolivar

Manager of Individual Giving

Jalil Austin

Jalil Austin

Manager of Institutional Giving

Janelle Lopez

Janelle Lopez

Advancement Operations Associate

PROGRAM

Courtney Isaak

Courtney Isaak

Managing Director of District and School Support

Becca Dray

Becca Dray

Director of District and School Support

Meron Tekle

Meron Tekle

Managing Director of Emerging Schools Support

Jaime Luna

Jaime Luna

Manager of Emerging Schools Support

Victoria Graham

Victoria Graham

Manager of District and School Support

Ellie Johnson

Ellie Johnson

Manager of District and School Support

Meredith-Leigh Pleasants

Meredith-Leigh Pleasants

Manager of District and School Support

Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen

Manager of District and School Support

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

Veronica Garcia

Veronica Garcia

Director of Policy

Stephanie Noriega

Stephanie Noriega

Director of Communications

Jamaur Barnes

Jamaur Barnes

Manager of Community Outreach

Courtney Bass

Courtney Bass

Graphic Designer

STRATEGY AND INVESTMENTS

Michelle Hester

Michelle Hester

Director of Finance

Stefanie Cruz

Stefanie Cruz

Investments and Strategy Lead

Luna Nguyen

Luna Nguyen

Learning and Strategy Lead

Cristina Coy

Cristina Coy

Finance and Operations Associate

FELLOWS

Raymonda Reese

Raymonda Reese

Education Pioneer Impact Fellow

Erin Haseley

Erin Haseley

Education Pioneer Impact Fellow