Chief Business Development Officer
A native Chicagoan, Joe began his nonprofit career in 2006 as a Corporate Account Manager at Cara. In his current role, he focuses on the acquisition and growth of strategic employment partnerships and is accountable for Cara Connects, Cara Collective’s mission-driven staffing firm. Prior to Cara, Joe’s experience was in supplemental education and sales, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from the University of Michigan. Under Joe’s leadership, Cara expanded its portals of entry into the Enterprise, won a prestigious Chicago Innovation Award, and gained acceptance into the inaugural REDF National Portfolio of high-performing social enterprises. In addition, he has been an active volunteer and facilitator with the Chicago Job Council’s Frontline Focus Training Institute, FSG’s Talent Rewire Innovation Lab and Reimagine Retail Chicagoland. He’s excited about continuing to create quality opportunities for gainful employment while helping partners build a culture of inclusive employment.
Joe’s first job: “Filing old medical records for my mom’s pediatric patients at the Resurrection Medical Center’s Professional Building.”