Carole Robertson Center for Learning Announces New CEO Bela Mote

Koya partnered with the Carole Robertson Center for Learning’s Committee on their search for a new Chief Executive Officer, replacing a longtime leader. After a national search was launched in October, Bela Mote was announced as the organization’s 4th CEO.

The Carole Robertson Center for Learning is a child and family development organization founded on the west side of Chicago in 1976 by parents and other community members. The Carole Robertson Center educates, enriches, and empowers children and families. The Center serves nearly 700 children, ages 6 weeks through 15 years daily, and their families through a compliment of center-based, home visiting, and community-based program models. The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and holds ExceleRate Illinois’ Gold Circle of Quality.

A seasoned non-profit leader with successful program and organizational management, fundraising, and evaluation experience, Mote has spent her career based in Chicago and committed to quality programs for children and families. Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer of the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, Mote served as Vice President, Evidence-Based Youth Development for the YMCA of the USA. Previously, she held leadership positions with YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Teaching Strategies, Inc., and Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation.

She began her career working directly with young children as a master teacher in an early childhood classroom and then served as a center director.

Mote holds a Master of Education from Erikson Institute, is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and was a Chicago Foundation for Women’s Breaking Barriers 2011 honoree.

Read the full press release here.