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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

Abby Buck

Abby Buck

Manager of People Operations

Ashley Cash

Ashley Cash

Chief Operating Officer

Cary Wright

Cary Wright

Chief External Affairs Officer

Faria Dhamani

Faria Dhamani

Chief Financial Officer

ADVANCEMENT

Adriana Bolivar

Adriana Bolivar

Manager of Individual Giving

Janelle Lopez

Janelle Lopez

Advancement Operations Associate

PROGRAM

Courtney Isaak

Courtney Isaak

Managing Director of District and School Support

Becca Dray

Becca Dray

Managing Director of District and School Support

Meron Tekle

Meron Tekle

Managing Director of Emerging School Support

Jaime Luna

Jaime Luna

Manager of Emerging School Support

Victoria Graham

Victoria Graham

Director of College and Career Readiness

Mirella Sales

Mirella Sales

Manager of District and School Support

Ellie Johnson

Ellie Johnson

Director of Early Learning

Meredith-Leigh Pleasants

Meredith-Leigh Pleasants

Director of Talent Pipelines

Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen

Manager of District and School Support

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

Veronica Garcia

Veronica Garcia

Director of Policy

Belinda Moreira

Belinda Moreira

Director of Advocacy

Stephanie Noriega

Stephanie Noriega

Director of Communications

Jamaur Barnes

Jamaur Barnes

Manager of Community Outreach

Jahnara Khan

Jahnara Khan

Communications Associate

STRATEGY AND INVESTMENTS

Michelle Hester

Michelle Hester

Director of Finance

Stefanie Cruz

Stefanie Cruz

Director of Investments

Luna Nguyen

Luna Nguyen

Director of Strategy and Learning

Cristina Coy

Cristina Coy

Manager of Finance

Eliana Razo

Eliana Razo

Manager of Learning and Evaluation