Angela Blanchard resigns as CEO of BakerRipley

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Angela Blanchard grew up like the people she helps.

The president and CEO of BakerRipley, a non-profit that provides resources to those less fortunate in Houston, was raised with very little as the oldest of eight children in Beaumont.

“People looking at us wouldn’t have predicted that it would turn out well,” said Blanchard earlier this week sitting inside her office at BakerRipley headquarters.


Blanchard’s story, though, evolved into her  being chosen in 1995 as  CEO and president of BakerRipley. But after more than 20 years leading the organization, she announced Thursday to staff she would resign at the end of the year.

Neighborhood Centers, recently renamed BakerRipley earlier this year, has become a pillar in the community since its inception in the early 1900s, with more than 70 sites serving more than half a million people across Houston and in surrounding areas.  The non-profit provides classes on job training, language and ways to get politically involved. 

Throughout her run as CEO, Blanchard became an advocate for immigrants, oversaw the construction of new community centers and expanded the non-profit’s revenue and now she feels it’s time for a new person to take the lead.

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A new CEO will be selected to take Blanchard’s place before the end of the year. 

“You have to hand it off better than you found it, stronger than you found it and so I’ve done that,” Blanchard said. “I think 20 something years as a CEO is a good run.”


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