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Andrea SáenzFirst Deputy Commissioner

Andrea serves as First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library, a system of 80 branches supporting all Chicago neighborhoods.  She leads program planning, design and evaluation and supports system-wide strategy and organizational development.  Before joining the Library leadership team, she served as Chief of Staff to Chicago Public Schools CEO, where she led strategy development and implementation of district-wide initiatives and oversaw foundation, corporate and government grant development and partnerships.

Sáenz was previously policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Vocational and Adult Education at the United States Department of Education in Washington DC and executive director of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), a national organization based in Chicago where she collaborated 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 at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government where she worked on data-driven 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. Andrea is from Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Los Angeles. She serves on the board of directors of Blair Thomas & Company and the Professional Diversity Network.