Cassia is a native of Richmond, KY and has lived in Louisville for most of her adult life. She is a community development professional and public policy activist with over 20 years experience working on projects at the intersections of community and economic development, food and the built environment that transform local food systems and the energy economy. She has organized farmers markets in West Louisville with Community Farm Alliance and later served as Board Chair.
When she worked in the Economic Development Department for Louisville Metro Government, Cassia was instrumental in establishing the Farm-to-Table initiative.
As the President of Louisville Association for Community Economics, she is leading efforts to open the Louisville Community Grocery – a community-owned grocery store in one of Louisville’s downtown neighborhoods. As Board Chair of Kentuckians for The Commonwealth, she has been engaged in energy reform, voter engagement and racial justice issues and critical to it’s organizational change initiative.
Cassia works as a planning and strategy consultant and writer with expertise in organizing and community engagement, fundraising, strategic planning and policy development. Cassia is a graduate of the University of Louisville and has a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.