Cass received her B.A. in Spanish Language & Literature and Environmental Studies from Tufts University in 2012. At Tufts, she won a scholarship to participate in the Tisch Citizenship & Public Service Scholars Program, a four-year civic engagement and leadership training program. After studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, she was matched with Eagle Eye Institute, a small nonprofit in Somerville connecting young people in Boston neighborhoods with nearby nature. She worked with Eagle Eye for two years helping coordinate after-school and summer youth programs. Through the Tisch Scholars program, she completed capstone work in youth education and outreach around marine conservation in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.
After graduating, Cass worked in the environmental nonprofit sector, including the Connecticut Audubon Society and Appalachian Mountain Club. She fell in love with food and began a journey reconnecting with food sources and traditions. Cass completed a full-season apprenticeship at a community farm in Boston dedicated to food access, then moved to Vermont and continued working in sustainable agriculture, food production, and foreign language education.
In 2016, Cass returned to Eagle Eye to help grow the organization's work in Western Mass. As Program Coordinator, Program Manager, and Program Director, Cass has led programs with hundreds of young people, youth practitioners, and college students, and built mutually beneficial partnerships supporting Eagle Eye's mission. She is humbled by her role connecting people with nature and facilitating transformational experiences - and has been equally transformed by the work.