Ron Huberman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools on January 28, 2009.
Huberman’s appointment to the CPS continues his distinguished career in public service in the City of Chicago. As president of the Chicago Transit Authority from 2007 to 2009, Huberman instituted a company-wide turnaround plan based on performance management principles at the second largest transit agency in the country. During Huberman’s tenure at the CTA, ridership grew 5.4 percent in 2008, its highest level since 1992.
From 2005 to 2007, Huberman served as Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. As Chief of Staff, he directed the operations of the City of Chicago’s 49 departments and 39,000 employees, and oversaw an annual budget of $5.7 billion. Huberman created and implemented a citywide performance management system that ensured a focus on priorities and improved service delivery.
From 2004 to 2005, Huberman served as Executive Director of the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC). While at OEMC, he greatly expanded the number and types of technologies used to reduce crime and increase public safety. He also created the state-of-the-art Operations Center, Chicago’s “nerve center,” which provides real-time intelligence to public safety and homeland security officials.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Director at OEMC, Huberman served for nine years at the Chicago Police Department, rising from a beat cop to Assistant Deputy Superintendent for Administration. In that role, he supervised more than 600 civilian employees and sworn officers. He also created and implemented what was at the time the most advanced policing technology system in the country, as well as managed and developed innovative community-based strategies that utilized this cutting-edge technology to achieve significant decreases in crime.
Huberman holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and master’s degrees in Business Administration and Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, where he was both a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.