Karin Norington-Reaves Tenders Her Resignation from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Karin Norington-Reaves Tenders Her Resignation from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Karin Norington-Reaves Tenders Her Resignation from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (Chicago, IL)— Candidate for Congress Karin Norington-Reaves issued the following statement, following her resignation from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

“It has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life to serve my community. This weekend, I resigned as CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership in order to focus on the next stage of my public service: running to become the first Congresswoman for the First District for Illinois.

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“I am incredibly proud of all my team and I have been able to accomplish in these ten years. Since my appointment to CEO from then-Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Toni Preckwinkle, we transformed a scandal-plagued, inefficient bureaucracy into the nation’s most extensive and effective publicly-funded workforce development system. We have performed life-changing work, placing more than 100,000 people in meaningful, career-building employment, with more than 2,000 employers. We’ve more than quadrupled the budget in less than a decade, managed nearly half a billion dollars in federal grants, raised more than $150 million in competitive and philanthropic funds, created and led nationally recognized programs, and brought more employers to Chicago and Cook County. We stood up the Chatham Education and Workforce Center, bringing hope and opportunity to a neighborhood plagued with gun violence after a tragic loss.

“It is with both sorrow and joy that I leave The Partnership. I do so knowing that this organization is poised for continued success through the capable hands of talented staff. I am thrilled to devote myself wholeheartedly to this next phase of my journey.”

About Karin Norington-Reaves:

Karin Norington-Reaves is a public servant and change agent with 30 years of experience in job creation, education, advocacy, and community development. A third-generation Chicagoan, Karin is the daughter of an Air Force veteran and sheet metal worker father and an entrepreneur and business coach mother. From an early age, she watched her mother advocate for, mentor, and serve others.

For the past decade, Karin has been the CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, the nation’s most extensive and effective publicly-funded workforce development system. Under her leadership since it began in 2012, The Partnership has focused on connecting people to careers, and businesses to high-quality talent, impacting Chicagoland’s neighborhoods and business communities.

Among Karin’s leadership accomplishments in the past decade are the roughly 100,000 people placed into long-lasting careers, and her management of half a billion dollars of economic investments in job training and placement and business development. Karin recognizes and amplifies the unique, untapped potential of individuals and Chicagoland communities through job placement and occupational training, and has collaborated with more than 2,000 businesses to create jobs in underserved neighborhoods. She is a catalyst for change and leads by serving others, advocating for equity in all economic opportunities in every space she sits in.

Karin has also fought for youth and families as a litigator, advocate, non-profit leader, and adjunct law professor, working in the fields of mental health law, community and workforce development, education, and public utility consumer protection. Of all her roles Karin considers “Mama” her most noteworthy title. Karin and her crew — Alex, Rachelle, and two dogs — live in Chatham.

To learn more visit: www.votekarin.com

Karin Norington-Reaves Tenders Her Resignation from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

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