Katy Hamilton: CEO

Denver, CO - Katy Hamilton, a national leader in workforce development and anti-poverty strategies, has been appointed CEO of the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE).

Hamilton comes to CWEE from the Markle Foundation in New York, which serves as a national thought leader in developing solutions to address the ways automation and technology are shaping America’s labor market, particularly for under-employed and low-income populations.

Hamilton joined the Markle Foundation in 2015 and began traveling to Colorado weekly to establish the Skillful initiative, which seeks to mitigate the barrier of traditional four-year university education by promoting a skills-based labor market. In this role, she designed and implemented the Skillful Career Coaching program, which resulted in the launch of the Governor’s Coaching Corps with Governor John Hickenlooper. The Corps sharpens the skills of career coaches who work in schools and universities, government workforce centers and nonprofit organizations.

Hamilton began her career as a Legislative Liaison and later, Director of Policy, for Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. She then relocated from her native Kansas to New York, where she joined the Partnership for New York City, a renowned organization that brings together government, business and nonprofit stakeholders to support economic advancement for the city’s residents.

Hamilton holds a B.S. from Texas Christian University and an M.S. from the University of Melbourne.
The Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) is committed to reducing poverty. Since 1982, CWEE has supported over 14,000 participants along the path to self- support and employment success. By providing career training programs, CWEE helps low-income individuals prepare for, find and keep sustainable and quality employment.