Andrea Saenz - Chicago Public Library


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In this episode, I connect with Andrea Sáenz, First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library. In this role, Andrea supports strategy, organizational development and leads program design and evaluation for the 80 library system. Before joining the Library, Andrea served as Chief of Staff to Chicago Public Schools CEO; 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). In 2016, Andrea was appointed Board Chair for Instituto del Progreso Latino.

We Learn About:

  • The core of the Library’s mission to provide free access to knowledge without barriers;
  • How the Library is focusing on strengthening family engagement and services;
  • Her own circuitous journey to the Library system; and
  • How the Library is adapting to better serve Latino families.

Notable Resources:

William Bridges, Making the Most of Change

Julio Cortazar, Rayuela

G. Willow Wilson, Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal

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