Carol D’Amico is a higher education reformer with decades of experience designing and implementing strategies to help students make the leap from higher education to the world of work.
As Executive Vice President, National Engagement and Philanthropy at Strada Education Network, D’Amico plays a key role in developing national and state-based philanthropic initiatives involving the higher education, business, and workforce development sectors.
Prior to Strada, D’Amico served in the U.S. Department of Education as assistant secretary for adult and vocational education from 2001–2003.
While serving as a senior fellow in education and co-director of the Center for Workforce Development at the Hudson Institute, she co-wrote “Workforce 2020,” which describes the demographics of the future U.S. workforce and the challenges in preparing the American workforce to prosper in the global economy.
D’Amico previously was executive vice president and chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. Additionally, D’Amico has served as president and chief executive officer of Conexus Indiana, a manufacturing and logistics initiative.
D’Amico has chaired and served on several national and state boards, including a multi-term appointment by President George W. Bush to the Institute for Education Sciences and appointments to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and the National Assessment Governing Board.
She serves on the boards of the WGU Foundation, INvestED, the Indy Chamber, the Higher Education Council of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the Indiana Conference for Women, and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is a past member of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
D’Amico holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies and a master’s degree in adult education and organizational development from Indiana University Bloomington.