Tiffany Dávila-Dunne, a veteran corporate communications executive, has been named Chief Communications Officer for the Houston Independent School District.
Davila-Dunne replaces Aggie Alvez, who is returning to the Washington, D.C. area to spend more time with family there. Alvez served three years as HISD Chief Communications Officer.
Dávila-Dunne served as the Director of Communications and Corporate Responsibility at BBVA Compass – which ranks among the top 25 largest commercial banks. During her tenure there, she led communications and public relations during five acquisitions and the organization’s rebranding. She established the BBVA Compass Foundation and the organization’s current corporate responsibility practices. Additionally, Dávila-Dunne, who reported to the CEO, was responsible for internal communications, executive messaging, crisis management, reputation management, and special events and protocol.
Dávila-Dunne will report directly to Superintendent Terry Grier.
“Dr. Grier knows the value of public engagement and transparency in earning the community’s trust,” Dávila-Dunne said. “Parents, employees, taxpayers, and everyone else with a stake in Houston’s public schools are critical to our work to provide every student with a consistent, rigorous education in a safe environment. That kind of engagement only happens with a strategic communications approach. I look forward to working with Dr. Grier and the Board of Education to build on HISD’s strong foundation of meaningful community engagement in the years to come.”
As Chief Communications Officer, Dávila-Dunne will oversee employees in the following departments: Media Relations, Printing/Graphics Services, Multimedia (HISD TV and web), and Bond Communications.
Before joining BBVA, Dávila-Dunne was a client lead at Hewitt Associates. Prior to that, she worked as a research coordinator for Texas A&M University, facilitating collaboration between university researchers and Texas public school district superintendents. The early part of her career was focused on training and development, corporate culture, and employee communications.
Dávila-Dunne is fluent in Spanish, and has a master’s degree from Texas A&M in Educational Human Resource Development. She is a member of the board for the Houston Area Women’s Center. She is the mother of two sons.