Bela Moté, Chief Executive Officer of the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, is an experienced non-profit executive and early childhood professional who has spent her career supporting early childhood and youth development at the local, national and international levels. She is committed to providing high-quality, deeply impactful programs for children, youth, and families.
Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer of the Center, Bela served as Vice President, Evidence-Based Youth Development for the YMCA of the USA. She has also held leadership positions with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Teaching Strategies, Inc., and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. She began her career in early childhood as a Montessori preschool teacher and considers that experience to be her North Star.
Bela holds a master’s degree in Education from Erikson Institute, is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and participates on many councils and committees. Bela was a Chicago Foundation for Women’s Breaking Barriers 2011 honoree.