Wednesday, February 28, 2024



Sarah Steltz

As VP of Workforce Solutions, Sarah Steltz oversees University City District's nationally renowned job training program the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative and leads UCD’s efforts to connect talented local residents to University City’s explosive economic growth. Prior to joining UCD, Sarah spent ten years working at Drexel University, most recently as Director of Workforce and Economic Inclusion on Drexel’s University and Community Partnerships (UCP) team. She brings rich experience in organizational dynamics, talent management, program development, training, and adult education. Sarah started as a consultant in Drexel’s Human Resources Department, and created Drexel’s first workforce development role, focusing on the recruitment, training, hiring, and retention of West Philadelphia residents. Upon joining UCP in 2014, Sarah’s portfolio expanded beyond workforce to include construction inclusion and supplier diversity. Sarah served on the launch team for the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Drexel’s urban extension center, and she oversaw all adult education, technology, and workforce programming offered in the 3 computer labs on-site. Sarah worked in the corporate sector prior to joining Drexel in 2008. While working with Drexel, Sarah was a key collaborator with the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, facilitating partnerships that led to the creation of a Medical Assistant pipeline program that the Skills Initiative ran for the Drexel University College of Medicine, as well as a training program for positions with the Chesterbrook Academy Preschool located on Drexel’s campus.