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Kari Rauh Hung

Visiting Assistant Director for Workforce Development
University of Illinois System

As the Visiting Assistant Director for Workforce Development, Kari Rauh Hung develops and executes strategic workforce and economic development initiatives for the Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation (VPEDI) office.

She acts as the office’s liaison between Illinois-based corporate, government, community and university stakeholders to enhance and develop strategic partnerships that build the workforce throughout the state.

Previously, Kari was the Director of Workforce Solutions at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, where she developed and executed strategies that advanced efforts to develop, attract and retain a skilled workforce in a five-county region. She facilitated the Talent Pipeline Management methodology among manufacturers in the region to identify critical workforce needs.

Her outreach among regional employers contributed to the awarding of the highly competitive Good Jobs Challenge grant from the Economic Development Administration. She also led CareerSpark, a series of career exploration events for 8th graders and high schoolers that served 15,000+ students in the region by connecting them with local internships and employers during her tenure.

Before working at the GPEDC, Kari worked as a workforce development consultant at Illinois Central College.

Kari earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, theology and gender studies from Wheaton College and a diploma in clinical massage therapy from Cortiva Institute. She is a licensed Talent Pipeline Management practitioner and a certified Gallup CliftonStrengths and Highlands Ability coach.