Cassandra Jean, Ph.D.
As engagement coordinator, Cassandra Jean, Ph.D., (she/they) dedicates their work toward uplifting and centering historically marginalized folks overshadowed in the climate and disaster space. With the Drawdown Stories team, she focuses on engaging, promoting, and sustaining equitable and reciprocal relationships with local heroes and innovators working toward implementing climate solutions and adaptation methods in their neighborhoods. A public sociologist, Cassandra brings over 10 years of experience implementing holistic research and solution-building methods to promote safe spaces and prosperity for individuals regardless of their social, political, or economic statuses. They have worked alongside many organizations, including AARP, the National Park Service, Cream City Conservation & Consulting LLC, the NYC Department of Education, and the National Weather Service.
Cassandra is also a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Washington School of Public Health engaged in multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research to improve community adaptive capacity along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminology from Howard University, serving as a William Averette Anderson Fund (BAF) fellow and NOAA Cooperative Center for Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (NCAS-M) research fellow. She also earned an M.A. in Political Science at Howard University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Adelphi University. When Cassandra is not involved with activism, they enjoy hearty laughs and fruitful conversations, engaging in the arts and culture, and tending to their plants and self-care routine.