Cassandra Jennings

President & CEO

Greater Sacramento Urban League

Arlen Orchard,
CEO and General Manager, SMUD

GSEC is working 24/7 to strengthen and diversify our region’s economy and we’re supporting that effort in every way we can. By bringing together all of the key stakeholders in the region—private companies, local governments, universities and more–GSEC has created a united front focused on making Greater Sacramento a go-to destination for innovative employers and talented individuals. We’re already seeing strong results and I’m proud to join leaders from across the region to support GSEC’s efforts and our collective vision. The Greater Sacramento region’s future is bright and filled with promise. In fact, I don’t think there has ever been a better time to live and work in Greater Sacramento.

Cassandra H.B. Jennings is the President & CEO of the Greater Sacramento Urban League to promote economic empowerment through education, job readiness, training and placement programs and advocacy for underserved individuals and families. Prior to 2016, she served as Senior Advisor to Mayor Kevin Johnson, City of Sacramento on key policy initiatives such as arts, homelessness, housing, volunteerism, public safety, health and community issues.  Cassandra spent six years as Assistant City Manager for the City 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 throughout the Sacramento Region.

Cassandra currently serves on the boards of California Musical Theatre, University of California African American Advisory Panel, California Community Colleges Career Education African American Advisory Panel, Golden 1 Credit Union, Norwood Avenue Housing Corporation, Shasta Housing Corporation, Align Capital Region, Sacramento Steps Forward and Aggie Square Innovation Center Committee. She is also an active member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and President of 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 and 2016 California Legislative Black Caucus Black History Month Honoree.  Cassandra will receive the Al Geiger Memorial Award in January 2018 from the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Cassandra received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She and her husband, Rick, have been married thirty-nine years and enjoy spending time with their adult children and their spouses and four beautiful granddaughters.