Juliet was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is the daughter of immigrant parents from Argentina and Mexico. She graduated valedictorian of the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and earned an academic scholarship to Rice University. She also received an academic scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Prior to starting college, she participated in the YMCA’s Mano-A-Mano Sin Fronteras Exchange Program where she worked with children in an impoverished colonia near Chihuahua, Mexico and assisted with the development of a dental health program. Juliet graduated with a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Political Science, Policy Studies and Religious Studies from Rice in 1996 and was awarded the Joseph Cooper Prize as the most outstanding Policy Studies student in her graduating class. After graduation, she spent the summer as an adult advisor for the YMCA’s International Exchange Program to Kyoto, Japan and participated in the Hiroshima Peace Conference. Juliet then attended The University of Texas School of Law and was elected to the Texas Law Fellowships program where she assisted in raising funds to provide stipends for students interested in non-profit and public service internships and clerkships. She received her law degree in 1999 and was admitted to the Texas State Bar on November 3, 1999. Juliet is very proud to be the first attorney in her family. She is a civil litigator and certified mediator. In 2007, she founded Nagorny & Stipeche, P.C. in Houston, Texas where she remains of counsel. In 2013, she was nominated and admitted as a Fellow for the Texas Bar Foundation based on her dedication to the administration of justice and her high professional standing among her peers. Juliet was elected to the Houston Independent School District Board of Education as the Trustee of District VIII in a special election in 2010. Later, in 2011, Juliet was re-elected to serve a full four-year term. She served as Chairperson of HISD’s Audit Committee for three years, pushed for administrative and educational reform, and was elected by her peers to serve as the Board of Education’s President in 2014. In 2013, Juliet joined Rice University as the Associate Director for the Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity, which promotes greater participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the sciences and engineering, empowering them to be future leaders in academia and industry. She has written and presented lectures on topics ranging from demanding excellence in education to empowering students in today’s world to educating for equity in Texas. On February 1, 2016, Mayor Sylvester Turner selected Juliet to serve as Director of Education, a new position within the mayor’s administration. Juliet passionately believes that public education is a human right, is the great social equalizer, and is the foundation for a prosperous community. She is excited to collaborate with educational institutions and community partners to build lasting relationships to promote educational opportunity and excellence in the City of Houston.