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Oliver Sicat is chief executive officer and co-founder of Ednovate, Inc., a charter management organization, partnering with the University of Southern California, specializing in personalized, college preparatory high schools for traditionally underserved students. Oliver left the Chicago Public Schools in 2013 as the chief portfolio officer where, as an executive cabinet member, he was in charge of creating and executing the district's strategy to improve performance through the authorization of new schools and closing chronically low-performing schools. Prior to joining CPS, Oliver worked with the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago. As a founding principal in a new CMO, Oliver helped Noble grow with consistent quality while helping to create Chicago?s highest performing non-selective high school, UIC College Prep. At the start of his career, Oliver taught math in the Boston Public Schools at Madison Park TVHS and was named the 2006 Teacher of the Year. Equitable access to college, through high-quality education, has been a lifelong passion for Oliver. While teaching he founded the nonprofit Emagine in 2001 to help first generation students successfully gain acceptance to 4-year universities. He earned his bachelors degree from USC and a masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a Fellow of the 16th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.