Peter A. Creticos Ph.D.
President & Executive Director
Peter serves as chief executive officer and lead policy researcher of the Institute.
He has held several other positions in not-for-profit institutions, academia, and government He was a Research Fellow at the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University in Chicago and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business, at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Roosevelt University, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. and at Governors State University. He was also Senior Research Associate at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University.
Prior to establishing the Institute in 2000, Mr. Creticos served as the Vice President for the Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, Illinois, of the National Alliance of Business. Previously he served as Assistant to the President at the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce and President of the for-profit subsidiary, Center for Business Management. He also served as lead staff on economic and workforce development for the Illinois State Senate President, as an independent consultant and researcher on economic and workforce development issues, and as a Field Representative at the Council of State Governments.
Mr. Creticos is currently a member of the Economic Development committee for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). He served for 10 years as a board member of the Chicago Workforce Investment Board, the Service Delivery Committee, and the Workforce Investment Act Performance Review Subcommittee. He was a member of the advisory board to Enlace, the community development organization for the Mexican immigrant Little Village neighborhood in Chicago. He also served on the board of the Pilsen-Little Village Community Management Organization, an affiliate of the Pilsen-Little Village Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
Mr. Creticos also consults privately as Peter A. Creticos, LTD.
Mr. Creticos earned his Ph.D. at the Graduate School at Northwestern University. He did his work on a skills-based closeness of fit strategy in job matching at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He also has a Master of Management at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri at St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Creticos was a Coro Foundation Fellow in St. Louis.