Elizabeth Todd-Breland was re-appointed Vice President to the Chicago Board of Education by Mayor Brandon Johnson and began serving on July 18, 2023.
Professor Todd-Breland is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research and teaching focus on U.S. urban history, African American history, and the history of education. Her work also explores interdisciplinary issues related to racial and economic inequality, education and urban public policy, neighborhood transformation, and civic engagement. Her book, A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s, analyzes transformations in Black politics, shifts in modes of education organizing, and the racial politics of education reform from the 1960s to the present. Professor Todd-Breland’s writing and commentary also appears in scholarly journals, edited volumes, and popular media. A frequent public speaker, Todd-Breland organizes professional development workshops for educators and develops curricula on African American history, urban education, and racial justice. She earned her PhD in History from the University of Chicago. Todd-Breland is a CPS parent. She previously served on a Local School Council and worked with Chicago high school students as a high school social studies instructor and college counselor.