Andrea Sáenz 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.

Before moving to Chicago, Andrea was 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.  Sáenz began her career at Congreso de Latinos Unidos where she led adult education and workforce development programs and drove a city-wide initiative to open the first bilingual one-stop career center in Pennsylvania. 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.