Cassie Mires is a passionate advocate for literacy, higher education and affordable housing. For the last 10 years, she promoted those issues in the nonprofit sector. She utilized her development and communications skills at the United Way of Broward County, raising funds for youth literacy, emergency assistance, and programs to help families earn, keep, and grow their assets. Prior to that, Cassie used her talents in mentoring and project management to improve access to higher education at the Broward Education Foundation with Broward County Public Schools. Prior to her career in the nonprofit sector, she served in city and federal government positions for U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, U.S. Sen. Connie Mack and U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts.
A new resident of Seattle, Mires moved across the country to pursue her graduate degree in nonprofit leadership at Seattle University. She has a bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in writing and rhetoric from Florida Atlantic University. Mires has had a life-long love affair with the written word and is a fierce steel-tip darts competitor. Her core values are remaining teachable and spirituality.