Cassandra Larsen has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of public policy, staff and board development and organizational structure both in the private and public sector. But her commitment is to public service and particularly, helping nonprofit organizations.
Her role with The Phoenix Philanthropy Group entails working with nonprofit organizations to enhance their organizational structure and create an environment to meet their organizational goals, which usually focus on helping those in need.
She says the most rewarding aspect of her work is helping organizations reach their “aha” moment. Working with nonprofits underscores for her “the importance of helping others and feeling good about what you can or have accomplished. Most of my career endeavors has been to solve problems and get things done in the most effective and efficient manner.”
She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations statewide in the development of programs related to drug prevention, military affairs, domestic violence prevention, juvenile justice and volunteerism. She began her public sector career serving as the Executive Director of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools and subsequently was named Chief of Staff for the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Most recently she served as Director of the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families and Policy Advisor for Human Services. She also has served as the Vice President for Organizational Development with the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and adapted those skills to serve as the FOX 10 Community and Public Affairs Manager.
Cassandra’s past and present volunteer highlights include the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Family Service Agency, Amber Alert Committee, Governor’s Child Safety Task Force, Gompers, Phoenix Symphony Marketing Committee, Phoenix Arts Commission and Phoenix Theatre.