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Sehba Ali is the superintendent of KIPP Houston Public Schools, made up of 21 schools serving 9400 students in grades pre-K through 12th grade. She manages 950 staff members who are 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, Ali 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. Ali 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 B.A. 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. She is the proud mother of three children ages 4 years and younger. She is a Fellow of the seventh class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.