Arnaldo (Arnie) Rivera is the Chief Policy Officer for Chicago Public Schools, and he has extensive experience in public education. Most recently, Arnie was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Education for the City of Chicago, a position Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed him to in August 2014. In that role, he coordinated the administration’s education policy agenda for the City of Chicago from early childhood through the City Colleges.
After nearly a decade of experience working in public education, Arnie joined The Fund as its Chief Operating Officer in 2013. As a former Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Rivera served on the senior team responsible for the planning and execution of the Full School Day outreach strategy and the expansion of the International Baccalaureate programs in Chicago’s high schools. He was also part of the district’s contract negotiations team that helped secure a new collective bargaining agreement with the Chicago Teacher’s Union.
Prior to his work as Deputy Chief of Staff, Arnie worked at CPS in a variety of capacities, starting as a first grade teacher at Walt Disney Magnet School on the city’s north side. He continued to work in the Office of Specialized Services, serving as the Acting Budget Director in the Office of Management and Budget, and most recently, in the CEO’s Office. In the Office of Management and Budget, Arnie was responsible for developing and maintaining the operating budget for CPS, totaling more than $5 billion in spending annually. He also led an effort to drive evidence-based decision making across the entire District budget, and he helped enhance school improvement plans to assist principals track progress and resource allocations toward school-based goals.
Arnie holds both a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago and is married to Myriah Brown-Rivera, a Nationally Board Certified CPS teacher. Together, they have a daughter, Leahy.