Cassia Herron is an organizer working as an urban planning consultant and freelance writer. She works on projects at the intersections of community and economic development and food and the built environment. She has organized farmers’ markets in West Louisville, supported the creation of Louisville Metro’s Farm to Table program, and helped secure a $7.9 million CDC grant for the Louisville Public Health Department for obesity prevention. Herron also has professional expertise in community engagement, project management, grant writing, policy development, and strategic planning. As board president of the Louisville Association for Community Economics, she is helping lead efforts to build a grocery store while supporting an ecosystem of other cooperative businesses to respond to community needs. Among other leadership roles, she chairs Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. A graduate of University of Louisville, Herron has her master’s in urban planning from University of Michigan.