Cassie Schwerner joined The Schott Foundation for Public Education in 1997. As Senior Vice President of Programs, Ms. Schwerner manages Schott's grantmaking, communications and development work.
Ms. Schwerner serves on Grantmakers for Education’s (GFE) Board of Directors as well as on the Steering Committee of Communities for Public Education Reform, a national donor collaborative focused on education organizing, and she is the vice chair of the Early Education and Childcare Pooled Fund.
Prior to joining the staff at Schott, Ms. Schwerner was a research and editorial assistant for Jonathan Kozol. She worked on his books Savage Inequalities and Amazing Grace, and on all of Kozol's other projects over a ten-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, Ms. Schwerner 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.
Ms. 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.
Ms. Schswerner is a proud mother of two public school students, Ezra and Vivian.
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