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Andrea Sáenz - Participant

Andrea Sáenz serves as First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library, a citywide system of 80 neighborhood branches.  She supports strategy and organizational development and leads program design and evaluation.  Before joining the Library, Andrea served as chief of staff to Chicago Public Schools CEO, coordinating strategy development, implementation of district-wide initiatives and foundation, corporate and government grant development. Sáenz was previously policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Vocational and Adult Education at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC and executive director of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), a national organization working collaboratively with business and non-profit employers, universities and schools to increase Latinos' access to and success in professional and management careers.

Andrea completed graduate studies as a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government where she worked on data-driven performance management projects for Philadelphia Public Schools and the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation.  She began her social sector career leading community based adult education and workforce development at Congreso de Latinos Unidos. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Latin American studies from Scripps College and a Master's degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Andrea is from Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Los Angeles, California.  She was a 2010 Broad Resident and a 2008 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. She serves on the board of directors of Blair Thomas & Company and the Professional Diversity Network.



Chicago Public Library


First Deputy Commissioner