Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named Deborah Quazzo as a new member of the Chicago Board of Education. Quazzo is managing partner of GSV Advisors, a firm that does consulting for education and business-service companies. Quazzo also co-founded ThinkEquity, an investment bank, and worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. as a managing director.
Quazzo, who has also worked with the News Schools of Chicago and KIPP Chicago, says she is excited to take on the new role.
“Improving education for Chicago's children requires everyone to share responsibility,” she said in a statement. “I am honored to have the chance to serve the students of Chicago.”
But the Chicago Teachers Union is not as enthused about the mayor's new pick for the board of education.
"We are unsurprised at the tone deafness of the mayor who clearly has an agenda when he appoints to the Board of Education yet another charter school proponent and Bruce Rauner campaign contributor. We are surprised he didn't appoint Juan Rangel," CTU President Karen Lewis said in a statement. “Once again, this is a missed opportunity to include a compassionate voice that will fight for an equitable, thriving school district for all students.”
The board of ed vacancy is a result of Penny Pritzker's resignation, which came shortly before her noination for U.S. Secretary of Commerce.