TITLE: Literacy Program Officer
FOCUS AREAS: Early literacy
PROFILE: Cassie Perham is the literacy program office at the Rogers Family Foundation. She has held this title and also been a program manager at the Oakland Literacy Coalition since 2011. She previously worked as the administrative assistant for RFF for a year.
Her foundation bio shares:
My favorite childhood book that I read over (and over and over and over) was: As a little kid The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf was a bedtime favorite, but The Giver by Lois Lowry was the book that made me fall in love with reading.
My hope for Oakland students is: That they graduate with bold dreams for themselves and their communities that they are well prepared to pursue.
Cassie joined the Rogers Family Foundation in 2010. As the Literacy Program Officer, Cassie is responsible for the Foundation's Early Literacy Initiative aimed at increasing third grade reading achievement in Oakland. Cassie manages the Foundation’s portfolio of literacy grantees and leads the Oakland Literacy Coalition, which convenes Oakland’s literacy service providers and stakeholders around opportunities to learn, collaborate, and champion early literacy. Cassie moved to Oakland in 2008 as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the local nonprofit Good Cents for Oakland. Cassie graduated with a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis and subsequently completed the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at San Francisco State University. During her undergraduate studies she completed a Spanish immersion program in Morelia, Mexico and interned with the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Cassie lives in Oakland with her husband Andy and their daughter Mollie.