Cassie Woods

Cassie has dedicated her working life to fighting the inequities experienced by vulnerable populations across the globe, with a particular soft spot for children. Originally from Houston, Texas, Cassie obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Writing from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. While in Austin she discovered her passion for helping others as a caretaker at the Austin Children’s Shelter, where she worked with children entering the Texas foster care system.  In 2012, Cassie left behind the United States to teach English, art, writing, and debate in Beijing, China. It wasn’t long after arriving in China that she was again drawn to helping disadvantaged children, and in 2014 she became a fellow with Teach for China and moved to a rural community outside of Kunming.

Soon she began to understand the importance and necessity of systemic changes to truly end inequality and, when her term with Teach for China ended, Cassie moved to Los Angeles, California to complete a Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the University of Southern California. At USC, Cassie served as the co-Online Representative for the Graduate Policy and Administrative Community (GPAC) Executive Board, and the President of the Homelessness Action Committee. She has also written numerous studies on the foster care system, the opioid crisis, and the impact of public data aggregation on privacy and policy.

Cassie became the Program Manager for Cayenne Wellness in the summer of 2017 and is proud to support the Sickle Cell Community in its fight for quality health care. In her spare time Cassie volunteers as a substitute teacher for the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative, is a voracious reader, and pretends that she’s decent at hiking.