Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel tapped a new team to lead the embattled Chicago Public Schools on Monday, including seven new members to fill the Chicago Board of Education. The stewards of the nation's third-largest school system include:
David Vitale: A CPS parent and Harvard University graduate, he is the executive chairman of Urban Partnership Bank, which was created in the aftermath of ShoreBank, a South Side community lender that failed last year. Vitale also chairs the Academy of Urban School Leadership board. He served as chief administrative officer for the city school system under CEO Arne Duncan. Vitale will serve as board president.
Jesse Ruiz: The Illinois State Board of Education chairman plans to step down from his state post in May as he takes on his new position as vice president of the Chicago Board of Education. A Chicago attorney, Ruiz also serves on the U.S. Department of Education's Equity and Excellence Commission.
Henry Bienen: A political scientist and author, Bienen served as Northwestern University president from 1995 until 2009, one of the Evanston institution's longest-serving stewards.
Mahalia Hines: The veteran educator worked as a CPS principal and teacher for more than three decades. She now works with her son, Common — a hip-hop artist from the South Side — in the Common Ground Foundation.
Penny Pritzker: A businesswoman and philanthropist, Pritzker supports public schools as board chair of the Chicago Public Education Fund and co-director of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, which invests in education and health for city children. She served as national finance chairwoman of President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential bid.
Rod Sierra: A parent of three CPS students, Sierra is the chief marketing officer of Johnson Publishing Co. and a former deputy press secretary to Mayor Richard Daley.
Andrea Zopp: The president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League also is a CPS parent and a former local school council member of Clissold Elementary School on the Far South Side. She previously served as general counsel for companies including Exelon Corp. and Sears Holdings Corp.
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