Cassandra Alvarez is the Associate Commissioner of Public-Private Partnerships for DVS. In this role, she leverages private sector resources to help establish agency initiatives. Under her leadership, DVS became a partner in the nation’s first-ever, veterans-focused Pay For Success project—Veterans CARE—which focuses on improving employment and health outcomes for veterans with service-connected PTSD.
Before joining DVS, Cassie served as the Associate Director of Sponsorship and Development with the Mayor's Office of Special Projects and Community Events where she designed and launched the office's first strategic partnership program. Before joining city government, Cassie worked with StoryCorps, a national oral history project that broadcasts content on NPR and PBS.
In 2015, Cassie was named as a Community Innovation Fellow by Re: Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women). Cassie is a member of the Adelphi University Alumni Council and previously served on the advisory board of the United War Veterans Council. She holds an MS in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management & Urban Policy at The New School and a BA in Political Science from Adelphi University. Her 91-year-old grandfather is a proud Korean War veteran and her two uncles served in the US Army during the invasion of Normandy in World War II.