Cassandra has dedicated her professional career to helping others. Her job is focused on connecting lower income and formerly homeless people with housing they can afford. She has worked on the frontlines of the homelessness crisis, intervened to help the survivors of domestic abuse, and helped formerly incarcerated women rebuild their lives. Cassandra’s housing and social work background make her uniquely qualified to serve as our Supervisor focused on the issues that most impact our community.
Cassandra lives in a multi-generational household in Vallejo with her two children and serves as a part time caregiver for her grandparent, helping her to age with dignity. Their home in Vallejo was made possible by the GI Bill and middle class incomes secured through good union jobs. Cassandra is proud to be from a military family; her beloved grandfather was a veteran.
Cassandra is running for County Supervisor to ensure that everyone in Southern Solano County has access to opportunity and pathways to the middle class. Cassandra is committed to equitable distribution of resources in our community, and she’s seen firsthand how the status quo is leaving neighborhoods behind.
Cassandra currently serves as the Senior Community Development Specialist at the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development in San Francisco, where she manages a billion dollar portfolio focused on securing emergency rental assistance for low-income residents to prevent homelessness while landlords and homeowners are made whole. She’s widely credited with turning around a program that helps families in nine counties, including Solano County, afford basic necessities like food, medicine, and housing. Her employers trust her to solve big problems, and she’s excelling. She wants to bring the lessons she’s learned to Vallejo and Solano County.
As a previous health worker at San Francisco’s Navigation Center for the unhoused, she understands firsthand the policies and barriers of funding, housing access, mental health, and safety. James knows what it takes to successfully respond to survivors of domestic violence across cultures and socioeconomic statuses. Her work as a Crisis Intervention Specialist at the Family Violence Law Center taught Cassandra how to navigate the criminal justice system and advocate on behalf of survivors to provide safe and secure places for them to live.
Originally from San Francisco, Cassandra moved to Vallejo more than thirteen years ago. She holds three associate degrees from City College of San Francisco: A.A in Arts and Humanities, A.A. in Social Justice, and A.S. in Behavioral Science, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics, Economics, Policy, and Law (PEPL) at Mills College.
She serves as the Vice-Chair of the Vallejo Housing and Community Development Commission and as the Vice President of the Solano-Napa Chapter of Black Women Organized for Political Action. She previously served on the Solano County Redistricting Advisory Committee in 2021 (representing District 1), the African American Community Policing Relations Board, and the League of Women Voters, Solano County chapter. She is a proud Democrat and labor organizer, an active member of SEIU 1021 and the Solano County Democratic Party.
Check out this Vallejo Times-Herald article featuring Cassandra to learn a bit more about why she's running!
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