About Cyndi Solitro

Cyndi Solitro is Director for Reimagine Retail Chicagoland.

Obama Building Equity Fund

https://youtu.be/-HYtXSFsgY8   In the spring of 2017, the Obama family made a $1 million gift to the Funder Alliance with instructions to use the funding to support a “generational shift” in Chicago’s building trades workforce. The Obama family knew that underrepresentation of communities of color and women in building trades careers is a persistent problem, [...]

Financial Services Pipeline

The Financial Services Pipeline (FSP) initiative is a partnership that financial services firms created in 2014 to increase the representation of African Americans and Latinos in their sector. The Chicago Community Trust and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago were also integral to its formation. The FSP brings together about 18 financial services companies, [...]

Reimagine Retail

Reimagine Retail Chicagoland is a collaborative workforce development initiative funded by Aspen Institute with support from the Walmart Foundation. The initiative’s three main strategies include helping improve the quality of jobs for workers in entry-level positions, create pathways for advancement in retail and related sectors, and increase employee engagement, productivity, and retention. ReimagineRetail Brochure [...]

Chicagoland Healthcare Workforce Collaborative

The Chicagoland Healthcare Workforce Collaborative (CHWC) unites employers and industry partners to support an inclusive healthcare workforce, provide accessibility for Chicagoland’s unemployed and underemployed populations, and develop innovative responses to the evolving needs of the healthcare industry. The Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance has supported this work since its inception and funds CHWC’s projects, which are [...]

Raise the Floor Alliance

Since 2013, the Funder Alliance has invested in the worker center movement in Chicagoland, helping eight worker voice/worker empowerment agencies band together and form a new agency, the Raise the Floor Alliance (RTF). In that time, RTF has solidified its capacity, hiring staff and establishing a successful model of collective action. Together they work [...]

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