Emanuel names Azcoitia to Board of Education

November 18, 2012 (RELEASE)

"For over 30 years, 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," said Mayor Emanuel. "His years working directly with students, teachers and principals bring an invaluable perspective to the Board and I know he will use his expertise and his unwavering commitment to the students of Chicago to be a strong advocate for their success."

"With his extensive experience as an educator, Carlos will be an excellent addition to the Board and we welcome this appointment," said David Vitale, President of the Chicago Board of Education. "Carlos' dedication to the students of Chicago has been proven over his many years working in our city as a principal and an administrator and he will be a great voice for them and for Chicago's communities on the Board."

Additionally, Mayor Emanuel today nominated Rodrigo Sierra to be a member of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Board of Commissioners to replace long-time member Carlos Ponce. Ponce3 is stepping down after serving for over 10 years as a member of the CHA Board of Commissioners and interim CHA CEO. Sierra will leave his role on the Board of Education, where he has served for over a year, with this appointment to the CHA Board of Commissioners. "I commend Carlos Ponce for his long and distinguished service to this city. He has helped guide the Chicago Housing Authority through times of incredible reform and we are grateful for his work, which has touched the lives of thousands of Chicagoans," said Mayor Emanuel. "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."

"It has been an honor to serve on the CHA Board of Commissioners alongside Carlos, whose depth and breadth of experience has been an incredible asset and whose commitment to the people of Chicago has been tireless," said Zaldwaynaka "Z" Scott, Chairman of the CHA Board of Commissioners. "We welcome Rodrigo's appointment and look forward to incorporating his skills as an organizational leader and his years of experience supporting Chicago's communities onto the board."

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