Cassandra has multiple years of experience working with Black and Latinx families in urban settings, families with child welfare involvement, and children living in under-resourced communities. Cassandra has experience providing academic tutoring and socio-emotional counseling to public school students in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining the institute, Cassandra was a bilingual, mental health therapist and crisis specialist providing services to families that have experienced violence and youth and caregivers involved in the child welfare system in Chicago, IL and Los Angeles County.