Tianay Amat Hired as Next President & CEO

We are excited to announce that Tianay Amat has been hired as the next President & CEO of Cincinnati Works. Her first day will be May 10.

Tianay brings more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator to the role, including the past 11 months as Interim Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools.

“I am excited to continue to pursue my passion to eliminate poverty with an organization that believes in the resiliency of the human spirit and the collective strength of employer partnerships,” she said. “Over the past 26 years, Cincinnati Works has eliminated barriers to employment and demonstrated that a job is just the beginning to economic self-sufficiency. I am honored to join this remarkable and dedicated team.”

Amat will replace Peggy Zink, who is retiring after 13 years as President & CEO. Peggy will remain with the organization through May 31 to help with the transition.

Peggy’s tenure is highlighted by the addition of workforce coaching and financial coaching, so our Members have the support they need to not only get a job but succeed on the job and establish personal and professional stability.

“Peggy has been a great leader as Cincinnati Works has grown substantially and found innovative ways to serve our Members,” said Tom Gilman, Lead Director of the Cincinnati Works Board of Trustees. “The foundation she leaves behind provides a great platform for Tianay to build on, and we are excited about the opportunity to support her and work to make an even bigger impact on the community.”

Tianay spent the past 5 years as Deputy Superintendent and then Interim Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools, where she led a district with 65 schools and 36,000 students. During that time, CPS students demonstrated academic improvement, increased graduation rates and more students were prepared to enter college and the workforce.

At the same time, Cincinnati Works invested in workforce coaching and financial coaching while adapting its traditional job-readiness training and career coaching to a virtual format, so more Members can engage with the organization beyond the job search.

“We are grateful for Peggy Zink’s leadership and her tireless advocacy for the elimination of financial poverty,” said Lee Stautberg, a member of the Board of Trustees and co-chair of the search committee for the next CEO. “Tianay Amat brings a deep bench of skills, talent and experience to Cincinnati Works. We look forward to a bright future for Cincinnati Works and its Members under Tianay’s leadership.”