Brandi Lira is a first-generation college graduate and professional born and raised in Houston, Texas. She has earned each of her college and graduate degrees from the University of Houston – Main Campus. Brandi joined the Board of Directors in 2022 after 15 years in education, most recently as the principal of a high performing high school where she earned the title Principal of the Year for the East Area twice. Her passion lies in improving the lives of marginalized youth and advocating for equity in education.

Brandi has two life partners: Mathew and Libby with whom she has been since 2010 and 2017 respectively. Together, their family has two children named Apollo and Clementine and one chihuahua-papillon mix named Herman.