Amy Santacaterina

Amy Santacaterina

Chicagoland Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, Economic Opportunities Program

Director of WIOA Programs, The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Chicago, Illinois

Amy Santacaterina is the Director of WIOA Programs for The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Amy oversees a network of 50 agencies in implementing the $45 million dollars Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program for Cook County. Ms. Santacaterina is responsible for contract management and ensuring quality programming for job seekers and businesses.

Prior to joining The Partnership, Amy served as Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development with The City of Chicago. She was responsible for managing Chicago’s Workforce Investment Act (Adult, Dislocated and Youth) programs, Community Development Block Grant programs and various corporate funded projects serving persons who were formerly incarcerated. Under Ms. Santacaterina’s supervision programs routinely exceed benchmarks and earn incentive funds.

Prior to working with the City of Chicago, Ms. Santacaterina served as Vice President of Rehabilitation Services for Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago where she successfully managed workforce development contracts serving people with disabilities, ex-offenders and welfare recipients. In 1997, Ms. Santacaterina was part of the “turn around” management team that successfully led Goodwill out of chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Ms. Santacaterina has a Master’s Degree in Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling and extensive course work in Non-Profit Management.

Amy Santacaterina is a member of the Chicagoland Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at