Cassio Batteast

Cassio Batteast

Jackson Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2020-21, Economic Opportunities Program

Economic Mobility Director, United Way of Capital Area, Jackson, Mississippi

Cassio Batteast is a native of Charleston, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. He also attended Jackson State University where he received his Master of Arts degree in Urban & Regional Planning (Community Development). Cassio brings a host of advanced interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work closely with a wide range of constituents, have been involved in successfully developing programs and strategic partnerships with educational institutions, faith-based organizations, local governments and other community/nonprofit organizations. Cassio Batteast has dedicated his career to working with and for disadvantaged youth, families and communities across the State of Mississippi and neighboring areas. Cassio Batteast currently serve as the Bank On Fellow/Economic Mobility Director for the United Way of Capital Area. United Way’s economic mobility goal is to ensure that individuals and families improve their socio-economic status. He has extensive leadership experience, skills in program administration and development, non-profit management, fundraising, partnership integration and marketing. He is actively involved in his community through a number of organizations including Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Strengthening Families, Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, Leadership & Sustainability for Black Male Achievement, National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Fund, National Juvenile Justice Network & People Advocacy Institute.

Cassio Batteast is a member of the Jackson Workforce Leadership Academy Class of 2020-21, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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