Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appoints new director of education

Director of Education is a new position

HOUSTON – Houston Sylvester Turner has made a big appointment for his administration. He selected
former Houston Independent School District Trustee Juliet Stipeche to serve as director of education. It is a new position within the mayor’s administration.

Most recently, Stipeche was associate director of the Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity at Rice University.

She spent five years as a trustee on the HISD board, including serving as president in 2014.

Stipeche has written and presented lectures on nearly 20 topics ranging from demanding excellence in education to empowering students in today’s world to educating for equity in Texas. 

Stipeche has a law degree from the University of Texas and graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a bachelor's degree in political science, policy studies and religious studies.

"Juliet is very passionate about education and children and I share that passion,” Mayor Turner said.  “She is a visionary with transformative ideas.  Her collaborative approach of working with parents, administrators, business, law enforcement and neighborhoods will help achieve my goal of moving this city forward and reducing the income inequality that is so often the result of deficiencies in the education system.”

“I am excited and deeply honored to work with Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is committed to building a city where educational equity and opportunity exist for every child regardless of zip code,” Stipeche said. “I look forward to collaborating with fantastic community partners to build lasting relationships to promote educational excellence in the City of Houston.”

Stipeche officially joined Mayor Turner’s administration on Monday.