Meet the team working for you.
The Partnership is comprised of workforce development, fiscal and administrative professionals whose experience and dedication improve services, reduce costs and support job creation and economic development across the county-wide workforce system.
The Partnership’s Leader – Karin M. Norington-Reaves
CEO, Public Servant, Philanthropist
Karin M. Norington-Reaves is a lifelong public servant with 30 years of experience in education, law, advocacy, community and workforce development. In 2012, Karin became the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) upon her appointment by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
As CEO and change agent, she led the merger and re-structuring of three diverse workforce systems into what is now the nation’s most extensive publicly funded workforce development system. Karin leads The Partnership’s mission to ensure that “every person has the skills to build a career and every business has the talent it needs to compete in a global economy.”
She oversees the administration of federal, state and philanthropic funds and the creation of effective programs that assure alignment between the skills demanded by a changing economy and those offered by the region’s labor force. She also works to generate both private and public funding to expand the services available throughout Chicagoland. Under her leadership, The Partnership has raised more than $128 million in diverse funds, including a $10.9 million grant awarded by the Walmart Foundation—the most significant gift in the history of the foundation.