Carrie Thomas joined the Chicago Jobs Council as Associate Director in 2008. Now as Executive Director, Carrie works with partners across the city, state, and country to advance CJC’s mission. She juggles staying abreast of policy changes, listening to the needs of the workforce field, and identifying the barriers to employment where CJC can make a difference in the lives of un- and underemployed job seekers. She also provides leadership and support to the multi-talented staff that keep CJC’s work moving forward. Prior to joining CJC Carrie spent ten years advocating on behalf of low-wage job seekers and dislocated workers in Minnesota. Her work has always been oriented towards justice and opportunities. Carrie’s motivation is simple: as her friend Kris says, “people should be able to eat and live indoors.”
Ask Carrie about mosaics, West African dance, and the animals of Instagram she follows.