Carol D’Amico is a nationally recognized expert in designing and leading strategies related to higher education, workforce development, and business-led involvement in education reform.
As Strada Education NetworkSM executive vice president, Mission Advancement and Philanthropy, D’Amico plays a key role in developing national and state-based philanthropic initiatives involving the higher education, business and workforce development sectors. Strada Education’s philanthropic and investment activities advance its guiding principle of Completion With a Purpose®, enhancing student success in college — or other postsecondary programs — and connecting graduates to rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.
She joined Strada Education, then known as USA Funds®, in August 2013.
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.” The book describes the demographics of the future U.S. workforce and the challenges in preparing the American workforce to prosper in the global economy.
She also previously was executive vice president and chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, where she was responsible for the development of statewide strategy and programming and workforce development to boost the state’s economy. 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-level 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 U.S. Conference of Mayors Business Council and the boards of the Indiana Secondary Market, Indy Chamber and Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. 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.