Carrie Thomas joined the Chicago Jobs Council as Associate Director in 2008. Now as Executive Director, she provides oversight and leadership for CJC’s program and policy work and represents CJC in various workforce development initiatives at the city, state and national levels, including the Economic Development Committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition.
Prior to joining CJC Carrie spent ten years advocating on behalf of low-wage, un- and underemployed, and dislocated workers in Minnesota, most recently as Policy Director for the St. Paul-based JOBS NOW Coalition. While in Minnesota she served as vice-chair of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board, co-chair of the Board of Directors of Child Care WORKS, and as a member of the state’s Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee. After several years working in programs for children and families in Chicago, Carrie attended and graduated in 1997 from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.