Cassie is the Assistant Director of Global Nutrition and Partnerships at the Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition. As a thought partner and program co-leader, Cassie brings deep experience working across sectors to increase household and community resilience, improve nutrition and facilitate access to health services among marginalized, rural populations in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Cassie has worked in global health and community development for 20 years. Her roles as technical assistance provider, trainer, behavior change curriculum designer, and project manager were developed and honed at the University of California, Davis’ Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and for more than 10 years at Freedom from Hunger (FFH), now Grameen Foundation. At FFH, Cassie’s work centered around designing sustainable, multi-sector programs and partnerships to drive demand for health services among community-owned platforms, primarily women’s solidarity groups. As Health Director, Cassie led the organization’s integrated health strategy and technical assistance for programs in West Africa, South America, India, and the Philippines.
Her passion for global health and nutrition began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, where she focused on maternal and child health. Cassie holds a Master’s of Public Health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. In her free time, Cassie enjoys outdoor activities and travels with her husband and two young girls.