As President and CEO of BakerRipley, Claudia Aguirre leads an internationally renowned community development organization that has transformed neighborhoods across Houston for more than 113 years. As one of the largest nonprofits in the country, BakerRipley serves six-hundred thousand people each year. They deliver programs and services to children, families, and seniors through their workforce centers, senior facilities, community centers, charter campuses, and Head Start locations. She leads a team of 1,600 at 67 locations across the Houston region with an operating budget of $411 million annually. Claudia joined BakerRipley in 2010 as Vice President of Community Based Initiatives and worked her way up to Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer. In 2017, Claudia was selected after a nationwide search to lead the organization as Chief Executive Officer.
Claudia is renowned her expertise in child development, community engagement, and immigration policy and has been featured in publications produced by The Center for American Progress, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Urban Institute, and The Houston Chronicle.
In 2019, Claudia was appointed to the Board of Directors of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, becoming the first Hispanic in the Eleventh District. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, serves as Co-Chair of Harris County’s Senior Facility Task Force and recently appointed to the Harris County and City of Houston Housing Stability Task Force. She has received numerous education and community awards having recently been named “2020 Most Admired CEO” by the Houston Business Journal, “2019 Woman of the Year” by Solo Mujeres Magazine, “2018 Women Who Mean Business” by the Houston Business Journal, “2018 Women on the Move” by Texas Executive Women, “2018 Mujeres Legendarias Houston” by Camara de Empresarios Latinos Houston, and accepted the “2019 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award” from the Holocaust Museum Houston on behalf of BakerRipley.
Claudia holds a Master of Education degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, as well as Principal and Superintendent Certifications. She also holds a Special Education Certification and English as a Second Language Certification from the Texas Education Agency, and an Education Executive Certification from Harvard University.