Cassandra brings a wealth of programmatic expertise and has a proven track record of building local partnerships to catalyze positive change. Prior to join-ing The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, she served as a Grants Officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation collaborating across the organization to align program strategy and values. Additionally, Cassandra was the Program Manager for Scholarships and Grants at Hum-boldt Area Foundation. During her tenure at Humboldt Area Foundation, she co-founded Youth Engaged in Philanthropy, a leadership academy that sup-ports youth to develop their leadership voice through the power of philan-thropy. 

Cassandra holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history from Universi-ty of Hawaii at Manoa, a graduate certificate in advanced project manage-ment from Stanford University. In 2021, Cassandra was awarded by Pacific Coast Business Times “40 Under 40” for her work with The Community Foun-dation San Luis Obispo County. She lives in Morro Bay with her husband Georgy and her dog Luna. 

Cassandra presented a slide show about the Foundation and it is attached to the newsletter email. But, the best part of her presentation was her announcement of the establishment of the Julian Crocker Community Scholarship Fund which will support career technical education; and students transferring from a 2-year to a 4-year university. Needless to say, nobody was more shocked by this announcement than Julian himself. And Donna was seen wiping away some tears. We are all so proud of Julian for this well deserved honor after dedicating years to edu-cating our youth and serving on the Foundation board