Chief of Staff

Elisa Botello
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Elisa M. Botello

Chief of Staff

About Elisa M. Botello

PWCS appointed Elisa M. Botello as Chief of Staff in July 2021. Botello most recently served as director of special projects for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a role in which she supported the chief education officer, previously held by PWCS Superintendent of Schools Dr. LaTanya D. McDade.

In this role, Botello supported daily executive operations, continuous improvement structures, and mid-to-long-term strategy development and execution to provide quality educational programming for students. Prior to serving as the director of special projects, she served in a variety of other leadership roles involving new school development and startups, school monitoring and renewal, accountability, and work directly supporting the Chicago Board of Education. She served CPS for over 16 years. Botello earned a Bachelor of Art and Design degree in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

As Chief of Staff, Botello will serve as a member of the Superintendent's Executive Leadership Team and will prioritize and facilitate the resolution of critical issues on behalf of the Superintendent. She will also make sure the Superintendent is engaged appropriately in key organizational decisions and will serve as a liaison to the School Board, county leaders, and external agencies and partners to drive the implementation of strategic initiatives in support of the division's mission.

Office of the Chief of Staff

Laura McChain
Executive Administrative Assistant