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About Us

Our Team

The CAEL team draws great strength from its varied set of backgrounds and skills. But we hold one very important quality in common: dedicated expertise in forging the connections between learning and work that adult learnersand their communitiesdepend on for social mobility and economic equity.

Christine Carpenter

Chief of Staff

As chief of staff reporting to CAEL’s president, Christine Carpenter provides strategic leadership and support to the president and CAEL’s executive team and their areas of responsibility to ensure progress towards the organization’s goals and initiatives. Responsible for helping executives prioritize organizational business strategies, Carpenter oversees the departments of partnerships and development; research, impact, innovation, and learning; initiatives and solutions, membership and events; marketing and communications; and finance and administration. In this role, she also works to improve cross-functional teamwork across the organization and and help to translate strategy into action. 

Carpenter joined CAEL in 2007 and served in leadership roles including senior vice president of engagement and associate vice president of client relations and strategic partnerships. In her most recent role, she focused on providing increased value to CAEL’s members, partners, and clients, providing services and benefits to support their work as they build a transformative and equitable culture of lifelong learning and economic empowerment for all adult learners. She has led, managed, and cultivated strategic relationships in support of CAEL’s industry-education partnerships. She has extensive experience working and developing partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders, including employers, labor, workforce development organizations, and post-secondary education to reimagine how education, work-based learning, and employment fit together and create lifelong pathways that integrate learning and work. 

Carpenter’s background also includes various leadership roles in K-12 and post-secondary education management. She led, managed, and consulted for federal-and state-funded enhancement and community enrichment programs and initiatives. In addition, Carpenter provided advising and coaching and served in various leadership positions in the healthcare industry overseeing operations and profitability for long-term healthcare communities.

Carpenter earned her bachelor’s degree in social work and nonprofit management from Arizona State University, and she holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership, strategic innovation and change management from Colorado State University, including a graduate certificate in negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution. Carpenter is also a graduate of the Berkeley Executive Leadership Program at University of California, Berkeley. 

Links to Related Work

Social Handles [LinkedIn, Twitter]


Links to Related Work :

Competency-Based Education: A Blueprint for More Equitable Education-Employment Pathways, Evolllution, July 22, 2021 

Getting Proactive About PLA: Transferring Workplace Training into Classroom Credit, EvoLLLution, May 27, 2021 

Aligning Industry Competencies and Education to Streamline Career Pathways, IMS Global, July 26, 2021

Building an Effective Training Program for Power Plant Operations - Levering the Power of Linking Learning and Work to Help Working Adult Learners Succeed: Electric Power Conference 2019

CAEL/EPCE: Tying Workforce Pipelines with Internal Talent Pipelines: CEWD 2020 Summit (Slides 44-47)


Areas of Expertise : Carpenter has extensive experience in developing, leading, and sustaining various strategic partnership and membership models. Her expertise includes strategic and implementation planning, program management, and leading sustainable program initiatives to meet stakeholder needs. Other areas of focus include stackable credentials, career pathways, apprenticeships and other work-learn approaches, PLA/CPL for recognizing work-based learning, strategies for supporting, marketing, and recruiting adult learners, and career and education navigation.

Board Members

Advisory Council