Cassius Johnson began collaborating with Education Strategy Group in 2019, providing support with operations, business development and policy advising. Prior to relocating to Florida with his family, he was Vice President of Organizational Strategy and Policy at Jobs for the Future. As Vice President, Cassius was responsible for the overall success of strategy execution and business development; management and development of national and federal education and workforce policy initiatives; and development and implementation of a JFF research strategy.
Cassius has worked in philanthropy and public policy. He held the position of Director of Government Affairs and Policy at Year Up, Inc. He was also a program officer at the Carnegie Corporation of New York conducting grant making to advance national education reform and new school designs. Prior to that he was Associate Vice President at Jobs for the Future where he worked for almost eight years, launching the organization’s DC operations and directing national and federal policy activities. In 2010, Cassius testified before the United States Senate HELP Committee. He began his policy career in the Texas State Legislature where he was Chief of Staff for a member of the House of Representatives.
Cassius served on the Massachusetts State Board of Education and chaired the Youth Committee. He is a member of the iMentor Board of Directors. Cassius attended the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas where he was a Barbara Jordan Scholar.
Why are you in this work?
I believe that better career and education outcomes are essential to realizing a more equitable society and securing our democracy. Achieving this requires research and innovations that improve program and practice. It also requires aligning the state and local education and workforce systems by continuously improving policy to support effective program designs and practice. I believe this is essential to advancing and achieving equity in America.
At ESG, we understand that the future of work and learning are advancing quickly, creating a strong demand to do things differently in education and training. ESG has emerged as an important influencer and agenda setter, providing the highest-quality support to state and local systems across America. I’m excited to be part of that critical work at this important time in our nation.
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