August 24, 2011
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Jean-Claude Brizard today named two new appointments: Jamiko Rose as Chief Family and Community Engagement Officer and Oliver Sicat as Chief Portfolio Officer. The new hires complete the new streamlined leadership team designed to support school leadership and improve student achievement. The Chicago Board of Education confirmed both appointments at today’s board meeting.
“Last month, I announced a multi-step reorganization of the structure of central office for the purpose of ensuring that services are grouped together strategically under skilled leaders, rather than fragmented in many different departments,” said CEO Brizard. “I am pleased to add Jamiko and Oliver to my team as their expertise in these roles will be critical in our mission to ensure our students graduate college and career ready.”
The Chief Family and Engagement Officer and Chief Portfolio Officer will have critical roles in the reinvention of CPS. The newly created positions will be accountable for results in two core areas: community and family engagement and the management of long-term district planning needed to deliver lasting change. Since becoming CEO in May, Jean-Claude Brizard stressed the importance of engaging CPS families and communities in both short and long term goals as a critical tool in achieving student success.
The role of the Chief Family and Engagement Officer was created in part because of feedback CEO Brizard received from parents and community members during his districtwide listening tour about the previous fragmented structure of CPS. Brizard recognized the need for an office that will make it easier for parents and communities to play a more active role. She will be responsible for working with LSCs, parent and community group engagement, external partnerships, among other things.
“I am excited and honored to serve in a role that will allow me to actively engage with parents and community members on matters that are vital to our students’ future. I look forward to working with the new leadership team to increase student success in the classroom,” said Jamiko Rose, newly appointed Chief Family and Engagement Officer.
The new Chief Portfolio Officer will help ensure that high quality school options for children are available throughout the city. The position will also be responsible for developing a long-term vision for the district that aligns with the leadership’s goals. Some of his responsibilities will include demographic projections, a 10-year Strategic School Options Plan, managing initiatives aimed at bringing high-quality education options into neighborhoods throughout Chicago and management of partners (Charter Networks, etc.).
“I believe that CEO Brizard and his team are going to make progressive decisions in the best interest of our students. I am honored to be a part of their team in helping make a positive multigenerational change for the students and families of Chicago,” said Oliver Sicat, newly appointed Chief Portfolio Officer.
Below are the bios of the new officers:
Oliver Sicat - Oliver is currently the founding principal of UIC College Prep - Noble Street Charter School since 2008. In 2011, the first year their juniors took the ACT exam, UIC College Prep became the highest performing non-selective school in Chicago. Sicat was a math teacher in Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. Oliver was named Teacher of the Year-Boston 2006, and in 2001 founded a successful and nationally recognized non-profit organization, Emagine, to help under-resourced students successfully prepare and enroll into college. He holds a B.S from the University of Southern California and an Ed.M from Harvard.
Jamiko Rose - Jamiko currently serves as Executive Director of ONE, a 37-year-old community-based organization that addresses public policies related to education, affordable housing, workforce development, criminal justice reform, economic development, immigrant rights, and nursing home reform. Ms. Rose has been with ONE for eight years and began her relationship with the organization as a volunteer, moving up the ranks to organizer, senior organizer, and associate director before becoming the executive director of the organization in 2007. During her tenure she grew the organization’s budget from $750,000 to $2.6 million. ONE has trained hundreds of grassroots community-based leaders, established a multimillion dollar transitional jobs program, created and preserved over a thousand units of affordable housing, secured millions of dollars for youth jobs and community safety, established a city-funded jobs training program, and created a loan program so that permanent residents can become citizens, which has since become a national model. Ms. Rose was a recipient of a 35 under 35 Community Leaders Award, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow in 2009, and is currently a Chicago Community Trust Fellow. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.