Sasha Ongtengco

Sasha Ongtengco

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

Director, Cara Connects, Chicago, Illinois

Sasha Ongtengco graduated from DePaul University with a business degree in Economics. Post-graduation, she devoted time to cross-cultural immersion and service abroad, followed by several years in hospitality sales. Starting off her nonprofit career as a member of Cara’s Recruitment and Admissions Team in 2011, Sasha cultivated a rich network of resource, community, and company relationships that she continues to develop at Cara Connects. With a deep commitment to excellent customer service delivery while doing right by our workers and employers, Sasha’s efforts and expertise have led to Cara Connects’ most successful years of operation thus far. She continues to work diligently on making the best possible employment connections through strategic staffing development and strives to improve the firm’s daily operations and positioning for long-term growth and sustainability. Sasha has also contributed to a number of initiatives aimed at building, improving, and enhancing communities through service on councils and associate boards for interfaith, intercultural, arts, and music education organizations, as a mentor at her alma mater, as a volunteer pianist in hospitals, and as an ESL teacher. She is currently a Board Member for Project Lia, an Indianapolis-based transitional job program for formerly incarcerated women.

Sasha Ongtengco 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