Chicago Board of Education President Appointed to the Board of the Public Building Commission

For Immediate Release
August 9, 2023
Bryant Payne – Public Building Commission,
(312) 742-0878

The Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jianan Shi, Chicago Board of Education President, to the PBC’s Board of Commissioners. This appointment recognizes Shi’s exceptional leadership and dedication to public service, further solidifying his role as a key influencer in education and government.

Shi previously served as the Executive Director of Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education (RYH), where he spearheaded numerous initiatives that brought a wealth of positive change and sustainable educational development in the region.

“I am deeply honored to accept this appointment to the PBC Board of Commissioners,” Shi said. “I look forward to collaborating with fellow Commissioners and stakeholders to continue advancing Chicago’s welfare and prosperity.”

As an advocate for inclusivity and innovative solutions, Shi’s presence on the PBC Board of Commissioners is expected to enhance the Board’s ability to address complex challenges, promote economic growth and ensure the well-being of all residents. His commitment to transparency, accountability and transformative initiatives align seamlessly with the PBC’s mission.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jianan Shi to the PBC Board of Commissioners,” Carina E. Sanchez, PBC’s Executive Director, said. “His passion for advocating for immigration rights and dedication to creating a brighter future in the lives of our youth will undoubtedly contribute to PBC’s ongoing efforts of building inclusive public facilities.”

Sanchez goes on to say, “Commissioner Shi’s leadership and expertise will play a pivotal role in shaping policies, fostering collaboration and driving meaningful change that will resonate across the Chicago area.”

About the PBC: The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies.  Carina E. Sanchez serves as the Executive Director of the PBC. Additional information about the PBC and its projects can be found at You can also follow the Public Building Commission of Chicago on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn