The Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education

West Dallas Community Collaborative (WDCC)

In 2008, Dallas Faith Communities Coalition (now The Budd Center) launched the West Dallas Community Collaborative for Schools, Jobs and Housing to support collaborative, comprehensive community regeneration in low-income, urban areas. Today, the WDCC Leadership Council, comprised of West Dallas school and nonprofit leaders as well as Budd Center staff, is responsible for the recruitment and selection of new TSZ partners, TSZ partner accountability, and guidance on current and upcoming projects in West Dallas.

Nonprofit and School Representatives


Rob DeHaas
Co-Founder & CEO
Dallas Teacher Residency

Jennifer Livas
Early Learning Specialist
Educational First Steps

Norma Nelson
Director of Programs
Readers 2 Leaders

Alyssa Peraza
Principal
Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard

Christian Ruiz
Principal
C.F. Carr Elementary

The Budd Center Representatives


Regina Nippert
Executive Director

Esmeralda Ortiz
Director of Community Relations


Erin O. Crosby


Director of Operations & Communications