Executive Director, Center on Communities and Education, SMU
Mrs. Nippert is the Executive Director of the Center on Communities and Education at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development where she directs and coordinates the West Dallas Community Collaborative and its keystone project, The School Zone. She has more than twenty-five years' of experience in a variety of community development settings including the practice of architecture, affordable home building, community and economic development, micro-lending and public education. In addition, Mrs. Nippert is a skilled trainer for strategic and business planning, board development, fundraising, project design and community-based development. She is co-founder of The PLAN Fund, she served as co-coordinator for the Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force – West Dallas, she served as President of the Board of Directors at Unity Church of Dallas and as vice-president for the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce.