Chicago Board of Education approves appointment of new Chief of Staff 

Boeing Company exec Nora Moreno Cargie will serve as Chief of Staff to Interim Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Terry Mazany


December 15, 2010


The Chicago Board of Education today approved the appointment of Nora Moreno Cargie as Chief of Staff to Interim Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Terry Mazany.


Board Members unanimously approved a resolution on Cargie’s appointment at their monthly meeting.


Cargie, currently director of global corporate citizenship for Boeing, will serve as Mazany’s Chief of Staff for six months. Her services are being donated to CPS by Boeing, which will continue to pay her salary, insurance and other employment benefits while on loan to the school district.


“Nora Moreno Cargie brings a wealth of public and private sector experience to this assignment,” said Board of Education President Mary Richardson-Lowry. “We look forward to working with her and thank Boeing for allowing her to lend her expertise to Chicago Public Schools.”


In her current position, Cargie develops, directs and leads Boeing’s Chicago office in global corporate citizenship employing philanthropy, volunteerism and convening strategies to address community issues and concerns, including a long standing commitment to public education.  She serves as executive adviser for Boeing in Community, an employee community engagement network.


“Ms. Cargie has served the city and state in a number of public service capacities, most recently as Boeing’s director of global corporate citizenship. Combined, her experience will complement the District’s broader efforts to improve Chicago Public Schools,” said Interim Chief Executive Officer Terry Mazany. “I am grateful to Boeing for loaning one of their talented staff members to the District and for their continued support in moving education forward,” Mazany added.


 “Boeing is proud to have been asked by the Chicago Public Schools to provide Nora Moreno Cargie as a loaned executive for a temporary assignment until next June. This assignment is a wonderful opportunity to join with Terry Mazany to help shape the future of the Chicago Public Schools. It also reflects Boeing’s strong commitment and support for education in Chicago’s communities,” said Rick Stephens, senior vice president, Boeing Human Resources and Administration.
Prior to moving to Boeing, Cargie served for six years as vice president for external relations, communications and development at Illinois Action for Children, working on strategic planning and implementation, resources development and policy.


Cargie’s public sector experience includes stints as deputy commissioner in the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, communications director at the Chicago Park District, assistant commissioner and – earlier – assistant to the commissioner at the Chicago Department of Human Services and an employee at the Chicago Public Schools.


She also was deputy communications director for Barack Obama’s successful 2004 U.S. Senate campaign.


Her early career was spent in radio production for National Public Radio and its local affiliate, WBEZ.


She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Columbia College and her master’s degree in management from North Park University.


Cargie’s community involvement includes current or former membership on a number of boards that represent civic, arts, philanthropic and religious organizations.


About CPS

Chicago Public Schools serves 409,279 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.


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