JHW New Development Director

Jackson Hole Writers is excited to announce our new development director, Cassandra Lee. At the same time we are sad to lose Jen Jellen’s wise experience in not-for-profits and her dedication to JHW. She promises to coordinate our volunteers again for the 2018 conference, and we will hold her to that. And to be there to answer any silly questions any of us may have about grant-writing. Which we will.

Cassandra grew up in Jackson Hole and I wouldn’t ever want to race her down Rendezvous Bowl. That said, she is always willing to talk and walk along the levee. She listens well and moves at the perfect pace, just as she does when teaching yoga at Teton Yoga Shala. Before all of that she graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012 with honors in literature and sociology, and a minor in Spanish and with a certificate in public health. After graduation she taught writing and reading for CIEE Teach Abroad, grades K-12.

Her commitment to JHW started with being a volunteer in 2013 and moved on to being an active member of our poetry group. We commandeered her to be a judge for the first ever Teen Poetry Slam this past spring, a job which demanded attention to words and a sense of humor. She also loves to tell stories and has placed in Cabin Fever Story Slams coordinated by Teton County Library.

Most writers have lots of day jobs. Cassandra is no exception. She worked as KHOL 89.1 Community Radio Station’s community affairs director from 2015-2017, and continues as a volunteer radio host and pod-caster. She has talked with so many writers over the year and always asks good questions. As the development coordinator for Jackson Hole Tutoring, Cassandra came in touch with lots of high school students headed for college, and continues as a tutor. Community is extremely important to her.

Interested in talking to Cassandra about JHW and how you can sponsor the conference or contribute to our programming? Send us a message via the Contact form on this website. She would love to have coffee or lunch. Or a walk on the levee.