Ron Huberman is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools system, the third largest public school system in the United States. Huberman oversaw a budget of over $6 billion. Prior to that, Huberman served as President of the Chicago Transit Authority.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1971, Huberman is the son of Holocaust survivors. Huberman and his family moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee when his father, a cancer researcher, began working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He moved to the Chicago area for his high school years, where he came out as gay at age 15. Huberman later attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. While working as a Chicago police officer, Huberman attended night classes at the University of Chicago and finished with master’s degrees in both Business Administration and Social Service Administration. Huberman was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow and an Albert Schweitzer Fellow while at the University of Chicago.
Upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin, Huberman entered the Chicago Police Academy and began his career in public service. Initially deployed as a patrolman in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, Huberman also served as a bicycle officer and as a tactical gang team officer. In partnership with the Illinois State Police, Huberman created and implemented the department’s Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) system, one of the nation’s most progressive criminal data and intelligence gathering systems. Huberman was quickly promoted to Assistant Deputy Superintendent, one of the youngest officers to reach exempt rank in the history of the Chicago Police Department.