Cassandra Jennings
Chief Executive Officer


Cassandra H. B. Jennings is the President & CEO of St. HOPE and currently serves as Chair of the St. HOPE Public Schools Board of Directors. Previously, she was President & CEO of the Greater Sacramento Urban League and before that 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 the 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 Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Golden 1 Credit Union, Norwood Avenue Housing Corporation, Shasta Housing Corporation, Metro Chamber of Commerce, Mondavi Center Advisory and Sacramento Steps Forward. 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 and 2014 Asian Resources Community Service Award and 2016 California Legislative Black Caucus Black History Month Honoree, Power of One Award 2019, 2021 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Community Impact Award from the Sacramento Kings Foundation, 2018 Metro Chamber Al Geiger Memorial Award and American Leadership Forum (ALF) Exemplary Leader Award in 2021. 

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  45 years and enjoy spending time with their adult children and their spouses and six grandchildren.