Cassandra Jennings

President & CEO

St. Hope

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Cassandra Jennings,
President & CEO, St. Hope

I look forward to being an active participant in the pursuit of GSEC’s aspirational goals, as well as, a stakeholder in the creation of a high yield Greater Sacramento ecosystem that is competitive, productive and works for everyone.

Cassandra H. B. Jennings is CEO of St. HOPE and oversees a family of nonprofits committed to revitalizing Oak Park through high quality public education and economic development. St. HOPE runs PS7 Elementary School, PS7 Middle School, and Sacramento Charter High School. Additionally, St. HOPE owns and operates 40 Acres which includes The Guild Theater, Esther Park, Underground Books and invest in numerous ventures to create jobs, grow businesses and bring services to the Oak Park community. Cassandra was formally the President & CEO of the Greater Sacramento Urban League where she was instrumental in the fight for equity and justice and building impactful health and equity initiatives, housing counseling services, business support center and robust upskilling and reskilling programs that lead to good paying jobs. Cassandra served as Senior Advisor to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on key policy initiatives, such as arts, homelessness, housing, volunteerism, public safety, health and community issues. Cassandra spent six years as the Assistant City Manager of Sacramento and over 20 years with Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, including six years as Deputy Executive Director. She has provided great leadership in housing, community and economic development and equity throughout the Sacramento Region.

Cassandra currently serves on the boards of Golden 1 Credit Union, Norwood Avenue Housing Corporation, Greater Sacramento Economic Council, Sacramento Metro Chamber, Sacramento Steps Forward, California Community College Black/African American Advisory Panel and Centene Health Equity and Wellness Council.  She is also an active member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and the Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Cassandra has been recognized as: 2005 Women Who Mean Business, 2008 Mother of the Year by the Saint John’s Shelter Program, 2009 Black Expo Women of Inspiration, 2010 Zeta Phi Beta Woman of the Year, The Repairer of Breach Award, 2015 Asian Resources Community Service Award, 2016 California Legislative Black Caucus Black History Month Honoree, Power of One Award 2019, and 2021 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Community Impact Award from the Sacramento Kings Foundation.

Cassandra received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She and her husband, Rick, have been married 43 years and enjoy spending time with their adult children and their spouses and six grandchildren.