Cassie Schwerner joined The Schott Foundation for Public Education in 1997. As Senior Vice President of Programs, Dr. Schwerner manages all Schott grant making and develops appropriate statewide strategies.
Dr. Schwerner has been tapped by organizations such as Grantmakers for Education, the Jewish Funders Network, Public Education Network and Council on Foundations. She also serves on the Working Group Committee for Education Organizing, an affinity group within Grantmakers for Education. This group aims to raise awareness among funders of organizing efforts around the country focused on education reform. Specifically, the group encourages funders to include organizing as one strategy in their grantmaking tool kit. In November of 2007, Dr. Schwerner received a Progressive Leadership Award from Citizen Action of New York.
Prior to joining the staff at Schott, Dr. Schwerner was a research and editorial assistant for Jonathan Kozol. She worked on Savage Inequalities, Amazing Grace, and all of Kozol's projects over a 10-year period. She remains a close advisor to Kozol and serves as a trustee of his Education Action Fund – a small foundation that distributes funds to families in New York and Massachusetts.
Additionally, she has worked as a public relations consultant and has taught courses in Mass Media and Race Relations. For 10 years, she was a member of the Media Research and Action Project, based at Boston College, which assists grassroots organizations in framing their issues for the media, as well as training them on how best to integrate media activities into their organizing efforts.
Dr. Schwerner received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston College, where she specialized in social movement theory. Her dissertation, "Sing a Song of Justice," focuses on multicultural organizing.