Cassandra is a researcher, educator, and professional in the space of aging and nonprofit organizations. She specializes in diversity equity, inclusion and belonging. She currently serves as a Consumer Insights Manager at AARP where she manage and provides content expertise on internal and external aging issues with a focus on LGBTQ, and Black communities. She leads the AARP's LGBTQ research and partners with organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, SAGE and the National Center for Trans Equity to advocate for, leverage and disseminate LGBTQ research and insights.
Cassandra is a dynamic speaker that has been invited to present at numerous professional conferences. Her passion is around issues that impact Black women, LGBTQ people, young adults, and multicultural/multiethnic populations. As a part-time educator within Georgia’s community college system, Cassandra teaches Introduction to Sociology, Diversity and Aging, and Introduction to Gerontology to students who are first generation American and many who are first generation college students. Her classroom is infused with lessons on life, equality, justice and attempting to help students become social change agents.
Cassandra hold a Master’s degrees in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University, a Master’s degrees in Sociology from Howard University and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certification from the American Management Association.
Favorite Quote- "Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy."