Audience in Lecture






Chief Executive Officer


KIPP Texas


Sehba Ali is the chief executive officer of KIPP Texas. Prior to this role, she was the superintendent of KIPP Houston Public Schools, made up of 26 schools serving 13,600 students in grades pre-K through 12th grade. She managed 1600 staff members committed to ensuring KIPP students and alumni are successful to and through college. Currently, KIPP Houston’s college graduation rate is five times the average for low-income students nationally.

Prior to joining KIPP Houston Public Schools, she served as chief academic officer at KIPP Bay Area Schools, where she was responsible for the academic performance of the region’s seven schools. During her tenure, five of seven schools earned an API of 900 or above. Sehba founded KIPP Heartwood Academy middle school in San Jose, CA in 2004, which has consistently been rated as one of the highest performing middle schools in California and is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School.

Ali earned her BA in English and Psychology from UC Berkeley and her master’s from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. She received training from the KIPP School Leadership Program, including study at the Haas School of Business. She began her career as a middle school English teacher in Houston, Texas. She served on the KIPP Foundation Board of Directors, the California Charter School Association Member Council and Rocketship Education’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the Connect Community, Legacy Community Health, and the Post Oak School Boards of Directors. She is the proud mother of three children.