Immediate Past Chair of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Cassia is a proud Kentuckian with over 20 years of experience working at the intersections of community and economic development, food systems and the built environment and systems change. Her service and leadership with local and statewide nonprofits and advocacy organizations has given her a broad understanding of the capacity needs and gaps in service for community developers in Kentucky and beyond. She is a co-founder of and first President of the Louisville Association for Community Economics, where she is leading efforts to open a community-owned grocery store in one of Louisville’s downtown neighborhoods and growing the network and development of the city’s cooperative ecosystem. As board chair, Cassia led Kentuckians For The Commonwealth while it instituted a staff union and an organizational change initiative that centers DEI practices and BIPOC leadership. She works as a planning and strategy consultant and freelance writer with a diversity of clients – nonprofits and entrepreneurs in the start up phase. Cassia is a graduate of the University of Louisville and has a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.