Cassie Kingsbury joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in September 2018 as a program associate for the Coordinating Center, which supports collaboration between the Foundation’s four key leadership development programs. In this role she advances RWJF’s focus on developing and connecting interdisciplinary networks of leaders who have a shared vision of what shapes health—and a desire to work together for greater impact. Her efforts ensure that participants and alumni get the complex program and administrative support they need to collaborate and network online and in-person. Kingsbury views her work as “providing necessary support to help leaders build a Culture of Health.”
Previously, Kingsbury served as assistant director of volunteer engagement with the Rutgers University Foundation, where she helped caring people find meaningful opportunities to have an impact on Rutgers. Her role included guiding 30 volunteer-led organizations, developing outreach and leadership training, and promoting volunteer opportunities throughout the University. In her earlier work with Rutgers she coordinated and directed alumni relations events such as reunions and homecomings.
Kingsbury earned her BA in English and Medieval Studies from Rutgers University and pursued non-degree studies in public health and sciences from 2013 to 2016. She is currently pursuing her MPH at the Rutgers School of Public Health. She has drawn inspiration from the work of fellow Rutgers alum Ella Watson-Stryker, a health promotion specialist with Doctors Without Borders and 2015 TIME Magazine Person of the Year for her work fighting Ebola in West Africa. Hearing about Watson-Stryker’s work cemented Kingsbury’s decision to pursue public health and reinforced for her the importance of communities driving and sustaining solutions for the issues that affect them.
After growing up in Hackettstown, N.J., Kingsbury now resides in Highland Park, N.J., where she showers love and attention on her two cats. She also serves as a member of the Highland Park Board of Health and volunteers as a group leader for the Kindness Corps with the Pride Center of New Jersey.