Four More "Broadies" Invade Chicago Schools


Broadies -- nontraditional types who are sponsored by the Eli Broad Foundation -- have filled a handful of high-profile positions with the Chicago schools bureaucracy, and performed effectively (some of them) though no one who writes comments on this blog would ever admit such a thing. Like TFAers, the Broadies work in CPS for two years, and then stay or go depending on how they've done and whether they want to stay. There've been 21 in Chicago so far -- now let's welcome 4 more (out of 42 nationally) that have just been announced (well it was a few days ago but...) Welcome.  Now go away.  We need all the help we can get, but we still  hate you for being fancypant MBA types.  And we don't really believe that you live in the neighborhoods they say you live in (see below).

LOS ANGELES - Four early career executives with management experience and advanced degrees from top business schools have been accepted into The Broad Residency in Urban Education to lend their management expertise for the next two years to dramatically improving public education in the Chicago area, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems announced today.  These new "Broad Residents" will join 21 others already working in the Chicago area to improve operations so that critical resources effectively support teachers and students.


The Broad Residency is a management development program that places talented executives with private and civic sector experience and advanced degrees from top business, public policy and law schools into two-year, full-time, paid positions at the top levels of urban school districts, state and federal departments of education and leading charter management organizations. Broad Residents work to improve central office management practices so that more money reaches the classroom, teachers receive effective support and students receive a quality education.  During their two-year "residency," participants receive intensive professional development and access to a nationwidenetwork of education reform leaders, which enables them to actively share their successes and experiences as they work to improve the delivery of quality education.


The four new Broad Residents serving in the Chicago area, who are among 42 nationwide accepted into this year's class, include:


  • Chicago Public Schools:
    • Tim Ligue, M.B.A., University of Chicago, project manager for autonomous management and performance schools (and a resident of Canaryville)
    • Tshilumba Ngandu, master's degree in engineering management from Northwestern University, outreach manager responsible for processes and strategies to increase student educational outcomes (and a resident of West Loop)
    • Jill Regen, M.B.A., Harvard Business School, program manager for career and technical education (and a resident of Lakeview)
  • LEARN Charter Network of Schools:

      Bryce Bowman, M.B.A., Washington University, director of operations and real estate (and a resident of Old Town)


All four new Chicago-area Broad Residents bring to their roles significant corporate management experience across industries leading cross-functional teams to identify and put in place efficient processes and systemic, performance-based improvements.


"We are pleased that these bright managers will help find ways to use limited taxpayer resources to better support teachers and deliver results for students, parents and communities," said Eli Broad, founder of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.   


To date, 215 Broad Residents have been placed in 32 school districts and 23 public charter school management organizations nationwide. Nine out of 10 Broad Resident graduates have stayed in the field of urban education.


For examples of specific, quantifiable outcomes Broad Residents have achieved to improve operations and teaching and learning across the country, please visit


For more information on this year's Broad Residents, bios, photos and quotes, please visit


All Broad Residents have M.B.A.s or other advanced degrees. Seventy-four percent of this year's class, selected from a candidate pool of more than 2,500 applicants, come from leading business and law schools such as Harvard University, Duke University or the University of Michigan. Participants have an average of 10 years of experience, typically from a Fortune 500 or other major company.  Fifty-two percent are people of color. The Broad Residency continues to be far more selective - at 2 percent - than the highest-rated M.B.A. programs. 


The Broad Residency ( pays 50 percent of each Resident's salary the first year, and 25 percent the second year, with the partner organization paying the balance, except where a Resident is already employed by that organization. The Broad Center also covers the full cost of professional development sessions for all Residents.


The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, which operates The Broad Residency, is funded by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation (, a national venture philanthropy established by philanthropist Eli Broad to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts.                     


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  • sorry about the delay -- here's the latest (they got a meeting with huberman)

  • good comment, nick -- i appreciate the points you're making. i'm not personally opposed to broadies (or anyone else) based on where they come from, but was attempting to imitate / mock the usual reaction that the arrival or presence of anyone from outside a south or west side classroom gets on this site. it's pointless and prejudicial to belittle folks who come in from the outside and try to help, i agree.

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