We are KIPP alumni starting next generation schools to transform our neighborhoods.

Our Vision

All children complete their PreK-12 education ready for success in college and/or careers, with the freedom to choose the most fulfilling life path. As adults, they will be empowered by gratitude to help the next generation of learners.

Our Mission

Neighborhood Schools’ mission is to provide children, with the help of existing community partners, the academic and life skills necessary to succeed in school and contribute to society as adults.

Our Board

Vanessa Ramirez, Chair

Vanessa was part of the first KIPP class in 1994. She graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics for Business and Management. After college, Vanessa worked for a financial consulting firm and quickly realized that she wanted to be hands-on with giving back through education. She worked for KIPP DC and then worked for KIPP Houston for eight years. In 2013 she founded Eight Million Stories, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to providing communities of disconnected youth with an effective alternative to incarceration. Vanessa currently serves as the Chief Program Officer for SER-Jobs for Progress, a workforce development organization in Houston.

Lupita Talley, Vice-Chair

Lupita was part of the first KIPP class in 1994. She graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After college, she helped start the Communications and Marketing Department at KIPP Houston. She helped manage and grow the team for 10 years.
In the last year, Lupita decided to take a year off to spend time with her toddler son. In that time, she has invested her time volunteering in her neighborhood, where she grew up and lives today.
She Is working with local leaders in Eastex-Jensen to help revitalize the neighborhood.

Jaciel Castro

Jaciel and his family immigrated to the United States when he was young. His educational journey took him to KIPP Academy in Houston where teachers helped him through high school and into college. He attended The University of Houston – Downtown where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering Technology and Design (2011) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Organizational Development (2014). Jaciel just completed his Master’s of Finance in Real Estate Development and Investments and has started another Master’s program in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Jaciel served on the University of Texas System Board of Regents from 2017-2018, appointed by Governor Greg Abbott. He has recently taken over the family business and is developing a dual language early childhood development center along with his sister.

Danielle Davis

Danielle was part of the first KIPP class in 1994. She attended Sam Houston State University where she earned Bachelor of Business Administration and then an MBA in Accounting. Danielle loves to give back to the community and volunteers as often as she can through events and organizations such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Habitat for Humanity, The Houston Food Bank, Junior Achievement, The Mademoiselles Conference, and many more. She is currently a Senior Financial Analyst for Virtus Partners.

Ramon Reyes

Ramon and his family immigrated to the United States during the Salvadoran Civil War and his family found KIPP in 1998 for his 8th grade year. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and in 2002 shipped out to USMC Recruit Depot, San Diego California just 2 weeks after high school graduation. Recently Ramon completed his Bachelor’s degree while deployed in 2017, majoring in Spanish and minoring in History from Texas Southern University. Ramon’s most current job has been focused on fighting the war on drugs working for the DEA on several levels.