Claudia Aguirre-Vasquez joined the Neighborhood Centers team in February 2010 as Vice President of Community Based Initiatives, overseeing initiatives that support the educational and financial aspirations of hardworking families across Houston. Today, as Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer, she leads the charge to integrate such neighborhood initiatives so that families engage in a seamless continuum.
In 2014, she also became Superintendent of Promise Community Schools supporting children birth to 8th grade. Vasquez holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Saint Edward’s University. She is certified in Special Education instruction and English as a Second Language Instruction. She also holds a Principal’s Middle Management and Superintendent Certification.
Prior to joining Neighborhood Centers, Vasquez served as the director of the Citizens Assistance Office for the Office of City of Houston Mayor Bill White. She also served under Mayor Bob Lanier, and her tenure with the City of Houston includes coordination and oversight of community initiatives for the City of Houston. Vasquez launched her career in community and neighborhood development efforts in 1993. Since then she lead community based organizations, schools and government entities.
In her experience both in schools and in the community, Claudia’s unique perspective allows the integration of our community schools with our community centers, and ensure that our Early Head Start/Head Start sites continue their excellent work in community and family engagement. We have learned at Neighborhood Centers that teaching and learning does not happen in a vacuum. There are many other factors in students’ lives that have a direct impact on their ability to do their best in the classroom. Through our community school model, campuses become a hub for partnerships among the school, the families and other community resources that together form a strong foundation for the transformation of individuals and neighborhoods.
Vasquez has received numerous education and community awards and recognitions such as Top Woman in Government, Top 100 Hispanic Administrators by the Texas Association of Hispanic Educators, and, most recently in 2013, she was recognized as Hispanic Woman of the Year.