Enviro Social Capital Assistant Director
Cassie co-develops and manages the Green Infrastructure Pay for Success Project, an initiative aimed at using alternative financial models to fund the implementation of large-scale green infrastructure in the Pittsburgh region. Cassie has a range of responsibilities including research and outreach, establishing and advancing key relationships, and organizing collaborative discussions among diverse stakeholders. Her role is to facilitate meaningful investments that have both positive sustainable and financial outcomes.
During her studies at Chatham University, Cassie initiated a mapping project for Pittsburgh Green Innovators, documenting existing and potential career pathways for green stormwater infrastructure in the Pittsburgh region. At GBA, Cassie contributed to developing the feasibility report ”Pittsburgh’s Green First Plan and the Triple Bottom Line Benefits of Pay for Success,“ which outlined the vision and roadmap for using Pay for Success or an Environmental Impact Bond to finance large-scale infrastructure in Pittsburgh. Cassie enjoys meeting and learning from people in varying sectors and is excited to see the Pittsburgh community’s growing interest in impact investments.
Prior to joining GBA, Cassie was a project coordinator at Ethos Collaborative, where she gained a variety of skills including grant writing, project proposal composition, research analysis, and relationship management. She also worked at the Environmental Charter School and an elementary school in Australia, overseeing a program that had students gardening in the farm and cooking meals using produce from the garden. During her spare time, Cassie likes to spend time in Frick Park, start conversations with strangers, and practice morning meditations (she’s a certified kundalini yoga instructor).
Cassie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Chatham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Philosophy. Her senior thesis at Chatham University was part of a collaborative research project focused on urban agriculture’s contribution to building community capacity for a resilient foundation in Pittsburgh communities. After her first two years at American University, she spent a year working and surfing in New Zealand and studied abroad at the University of Notre Dame Australia, where she gathered inspiration to dedicate her work to conservation efforts.