First Deputy Commissioner
Chicago Public Library
Andrea Sáenz serves as First Deputy Commissioner for Chicago Public Library, a system of 80 neighborhood branches. In this role, she leads program design and evaluation and supports strategy, innovation and organizational development. Before joining the Library, Andrea served as chief of staff to Chicago Public Schools CEO, coordinating strategy and implementation of district-wide initiatives. Sáenz was previously policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Career, Technical 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 non-profit working collaboratively with employers, universities and schools to increase Latinos' entry and success in professional careers.
Andrea completed graduate studies as a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government where she worked on performance management 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 in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from Scripps College and a Master's degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Andrea is from Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Los Angeles. She was a 2010 Broad Resident and a 2008 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. She serves on the boards of the James Dyson Foundation, Blair Thomas & Company, Instituto del Progreso Latino and the Professional Diversity Network.
Sunday, June 26
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM