Full Bios


    General Manager, Facilities Design
    Construction Services Department
    Houston Independent School District

    Daniel Bankhead serves as the General Manager of Facilities Design for the Construction Services Department for the Houston Independent School District. For the past six years, he has been part of the executive leadership team for the District’s $1.89 billion 2012 Bond Program, overseeing the management, design, and construction documentation work of architects, engineers, and other consultants.

    Since 2002, he has also been an adjunct professor of upper-level and graduate courses in architecture and construction science at Prairie View A&M University. Additionally, he lectures for professional organizations, groups, architects, numerous schools and universities across the region. In 2018, Bankhead was recognized in the 10th Anniversary of Who’s Who in Black Houston Publication as one of the top executives and power players in the City of Houston.

    Bankhead has served on the Board of Directors of the Houston - ACE Mentor Program and the Architecture Center Houston Board of Directors. He became the first African-American President of any Texas AIA chapter.

    Bankhead received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from William M. Rice University. He also completed graduate courses at the University of San Francisco.


    General Manager, Construction Services
    Houston Independent School District

    Andreas Peeples is the General Manager, Construction Services for the Houston Independent School District. He has more than 20 years of combined experience in construction and program management ranging from mixed-use, retail, general construction, K-12 and higher education facilities.

    He served as Director of Operations and Construction for Stafford Municipal School District and has worked on numerous school construction bond programs in both Houston and Atlanta. He also has served as project manager, construction manager, program manager, and owner’s representative while managing a wide variety of projects from inception to completion.

    Peeples holds a Bachelor of Science – Construction Engineering degree from Southern College of Technology and a Master of Science – Construction Management degree from Southern Polytechnic State University.  He is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) and a Certified Professional Constructor (CPC). 


    General Manager, Construction Services
    Houston Independent School District

    Cheryl Smith is General Manager of Business Solutions for Construction Services, Houston Independent School District. She has been with HISD since May 2015. Her responsibilities involve working with General Managers to manage projects with a district wide impact on Construction Services operations. Smith also provides management of Construction Services Logistics and FF&E operations.

    Previously, Smith worked with Lone Star College System. With Lone Star, her roles included Director for Workforce Education providing leadership for credit and non-credit workforce program activities. Smith served as Senior Program Manager overseeing the administration of the Wagner Peyser grant that provided job training skills to secure employment. She also served as Grant Manager managing Texas Skills Development Fund grants.

    Smith is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems. She holds a Master of Business Administration, Management, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas.