Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an appointment to the Chicago Board of Education and a nomination to the Chicago Housing Authority Board.
On Sunday, the mayor's office announced Emanuel tapped Chicago Board of Education member Rodrigo Sierra to fill in for long-time CHA Board of Commissioners Carlos Ponce, who is stepping down from his role. In the same press release, Emanuel also announced Dr. Carlos Azcoitia was tapped to fill Sierra's open spot on the Chicago Board of Education.
"Carlos has dedicated his career to helping students succeed, as a teacher, principal and administrator and the breadth of his experience makes him uniquely qualified for this role on the Board of Education,” stated Mayor Emanuel in the release.
Azcoitia currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership at National Louis University. He has over 30 years of experience working with students, teachers and principals, Emanuel stated in the release.
Sierra was tapped to serve on the Chicago Board of Education last June. While he had little experience in education, Emanuel valued his work in creative fields.
“I also welcome Rodrigo into this position and am confident that his experience developing innovative solutions for large organizations, leading companies through times of change and his commitment to Chicago will serve him well in this role," stated Emanuel in the release.
Sierra is the senior vice president and chief communications and marketing officer of the American Medical Association, where he is helping to lead the transformation of the 165 year old organization to reclaim a leadership position in shaping the evolving national health care system, the release stated.