Mrs. Nippert is the Executive Director of The Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. She is co-founder of its keystone project, The School Zone. Mrs. Nippert has 35 years of experience in community development settings ranging from the practice of architecture to micro lending and community engagement in education transformation. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in architecture and is married to Jim Nippert. Together, they are the parents of five wonderful young men and women of whom they are insanely proud.