Juliet K. Stipeche, Director
Juliet was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is the daughter of immigrant parents from Argentina and Mexico. She graduated valedictorian of the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and earned an academic scholarship to Rice University. Juliet graduated with a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Political Science, Policy Studies and Religious Studies from Rice in 1996 and was awarded the Joseph Cooper Prize as the most outstanding Policy Studies student in her graduating class.
Juliet then attended The University of Texas School of Law and received her law degree in 1999. She was admitted to the Texas State Bar on November 3, 1999. Juliet is very proud to be the first attorney in her family. In 2007, she founded Nagorny & Stipeche, P.C. where she remains of counsel.
Juliet was elected to the HISD Board of Education as the Trustee of District VIII in a special election in 2010. In 2011, Juliet was re-elected to serve a full four-year term. She served as Chairperson of HISD’s Audit Committee for three years, pushed for administrative and educational reform, and was elected by her peers to serve as the Board President in 2014.
In 2013, Juliet joined Rice University as the Associate Director for the Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity. On February 1, 2016, Mayor Sylvester Turner selected Juliet to serve as Director of Education, a new position within the mayor’s administration. Mayor’s Office of Education focuses on building collaboration, communication and coordination amongst the various educational entities that exist in the City of Houston to enhance educational equity and opportunity for all Houstonians in our diverse community.
Brandon Denton, Associate Director
Brandon Denton is the Associate Director of Education for the Mayor’s Office, City of Houston. In his current role, he manages programs and initiatives including Hire Houston Youth – that employs over 10,000 youth during the summer; Cities Connecting Children to Nature, and the Out-2-Learn network.
Prior to joining Mayor’s Office of Education, Brandon managed the Community Engagement Team for the Houston Public Library system as Sr. Community Liaison and as Community Center Manager at Finnigan and Swiney Parks in Fifth Ward Texas. Other roles include Community Relations Manager for the Houston Astros Baseball Club and Program Manager of the Astros Youth Academy in Acres Home Texas.
Brandon is a certified coach, trainer, and speaker with the John Maxwell Team and specializes in Leadership and personal development for youth, private companies, churches and nonprofit organizations. Brandon received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix; Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Rogers State University; and Associate of Arts in Psychology/Sociology from Northern Oklahoma College: Tonkawa, Oklahoma.
Brandon is a passionate young professional and leader with a love for public service. His variety of experiences in non-profit, government, sports and business management, have all provided him with the resources and opportunity to serve and help improve lives of youth and communities throughout Houston.