Andrea Sáenz is chief operating officer for The Chicago Community Trust—the first person to hold this position, created in 2018. Sáenz joined the Trust from the Chicago Public Library where she served as first deputy commissioner and chief strategy officer, leading strategy, program design, evaluation, 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’ previous roles include policy advisor to the assistant secretary of career, technical and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education, and executive director of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, a national nonprofit working collaboratively with employers, universities and schools to increase Latinos’ entry and success in professional careers. She began her social sector career leading community-based adult education and workforce development at Congreso de Latinos Unidos.
Sáenz 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. A 2010 Broad Resident and a 2008 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, Sáenz serves as a mentor at 1871, Chicago’s tech entrepreneurship hub; sits on the boards of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund, Blair Thomas & Company, Chicago Learning Exchange, the James Dyson Foundation; and is chair of the board of Instituto del Progreso Latino.