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Blanca Nelly Saldaña
Blanca Nelly Saldaña is director of the Family and Community Engagement Office, leading the district’s initiatives in forming strategic partnerships with local companies and nonprofits that create valuable learning opportunities for students in and out of the classroom. Those partnerships also ensure that parents feel welcomed and valued. Ms. Saldaña believes that parents can become their children’s most powerful advocates and champions. She is committed to developing a strong system of communication and collaboration between the district, schools, staff, parents, communities, and governmental entities that will result in all students feeling supported and engaged to achieve academic excellence. Ms. Saldaña also serves as director of federal compliance, ensuring that all campuses and the district adhere to mandated Title I requirements.
Prior to her work at the Tejano Center for Community Concerns and the Raul Yzaguirre School for Success, Ms. Saldaña worked in the Strategic Partnerships Department in the Houston Independent School District, coordinating the HISD Hispanic Advisory Committee and focusing her work on developing strong partnerships related to Hispanic initiatives, community development, housing, and health and wellness.
In addition to her experience in public education, Ms. Saldaña worked for more than 25 years empowering families and their communities in Houston and its surrounding areas. She made valuable resources available to the city’s underserved neighborhoods through her work with United Way nonprofit organizations that emphasized education, housing, community development, health and wellness, economic development, civic engagement, early childhood education, Head Start, immigration, social services, and parent empowerment.
Ms. Saldaña earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Texas Southern University.