Chicago, Friday, February 25, 2011. Late yesterday morning, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel named his transition co-chairs. The seven member team represents a diverse cross-section of community, religious and business leaders from Chicago. Members and a short bio are listed below in alphabetical order.
Reverend Dr. Byron Brazier.
Since June 2008, Dr. Brazier has served as the Pastor of the Apostolic Church of God and chairman of the church's official board. Prior to that, Brazier was Assistant Pastor and a member of the church's official board. Brazier's public service spans his career: he facilitated a committee on Disproportionate Minority Confinement, led a task force investigating re-entry success and was the Director of Management Information Systems at the Chicago Housing Authority. In addition, Dr. Brazier served as a Business Unit Executive at IBM Corporation. He holds a BA in Management from Roosevelt University, a MA in Theological Studies and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.
Davis, a former Chicago police officer, currently serves as the Vice-President of Administration at Kendall College, where she oversees operational planning and leadership and supervises career services, student housing, student life and student counseling. She has over 18 years of professional experience in the public service, culinary and hospitality fields. She holds a degree in culinary arts and a BA in hospitality management, both from Kendall College. She has an MPA from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Please Note: Judy Erwin is no longer on the Transition Team. On Saturday, February 26, 2011, Erwin resigned from the Transition Team due to ethics challenges.
As the Vice President of Programs and Operations for Casa Central, Gonzalez serves one of the leading social service network in the nation. She has more than 20 years of experience in communications, management, strategy and logistics in the nonprofit and business community, at the local and national level. She holds a Master in Nonprofit Administration degree from North Park University.
Koch is a Vice Chairman at Credit Suisse and a Presidential appointee to the Independent Advisory Panel of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Green Ribbon Committee of the Chicago Climate Action Plan and the Board of Trustees of Francis W. Parker School. Koch is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Sinai Health System in Chicago. He received his BA from Hampshire College and both his MBA and JD from the University of Chicago.
Mosena is President and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry. During his career, Mosena has served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor, Commissioner of the Chicago Aviation Department, and President of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). He is active on the boards of several civic organizations, including the executive committee of Chicago's "After School Matters," and he is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. Mosena holds both an MA in city planning and a BA in business administration from the University of Tennessee.
As the Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at CNA, Pang serves on the company's Operating Committee. Pang joined CNA after a long career in public service where for 9 years she provided oversight and coordination for the city's departments and agencies as deputy chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley, and served for a decade as the executive assistant to U.S. Senator Alan J Dixon, managing statewide constituent services and assisting the senator with legislative initiatives. Pang served as the co-chair of the 21st Century Commission on City government. She also serves on the boards of the Chinese American Service League, the Civic Federation, the Chicago Loop Alliance and the Lincoln Park Zoo
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