Cassandra Hernandez-Brown

Cassandra is proudly endorsed by the El Paso Times, El Paso Municipal Police Officers Association, The El Paso County Sheriff’s Association and The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, El Paso Fire Fighter's Association Chapter 51, Annie’s List and the Texas Latina List.

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Cassandra Hernandez Brown is a native El Pasoan born on March 5, 1987 to Norma Chavez and Raul Hernandez. Norma was born in Mexico and came to El Paso at the age of 10. Cassandra is the third born of five total children. Norma was 21 when she had her fifth child.  As is so common in the border region, Cassandra and her family are a close-knit group, and collectively have been able to bring home 8 different post-secondary degrees. Ricardo Chavez, her stepfather, is a long-haul truck driver and her mother, Norma, is recently retired and cares for her grandchildren, Weylin and Betty.

As a youth, Cassandra participated as an Alter Server and in Youth Ministries Activities for the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church for several years. Cassandra graduated from Bel Air High School in 2005 and played varsity Soccer. Cassandra continues to play Soccer on her free time.

Education

Cassandra Hernandez Brown obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2010. Later, she obtained her Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Public Policy and Management in 2013, also from UTEP. As a graduate student, Cassandra helped re-establish the Master of Public Administration Student Association (MPASA) and served as president of MPASA for approximately 2 years. Cassandra was recently asked to be a member of the UTEP MPA Advisory Board Member.  As part of her MPA senior coursework, she submitted a capstone titled City and County Consolidation: A Case Study for El Paso City and County.

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Background

Cassandra is the Deputy Director at Dynamic Workforce Solutions (DWFS) for the non-profit Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), an organization dedicated to helping El Paso job seekers and military spouses, transitioning soldiers and veterans find gainful employment. She began as a Program Specialist in  2014 for the Workforce Solutions Board Administration, and within two years was quickly promoted to her current position. As part of the Deputy Director’s job description, Cassandra has helped balance budgets for federally mandated, workforce-related, programs and helps operate an annual contract of $10 million, nine centers in a six county jurisdiction. Some of the programs helps oversees include the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and other Texas Workforce Solutions funds allocated to Workforce Solutions. Collectively, these program budgets exceeded $15 million dollars in fiscal years 2014-2016.

Cassandra has dedicated her work experience to public service. Prior to her position at DWFS, Cassandra served as the Director of Policy and Programs for Education and Workforce Development at the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. She also served as a legislative aide to City Council for two different council representatives: Susie Byrd (District 2), and Steve Ortega (District 7). As a testament to her dedication to service, Cassandra gained this valuable experience at City Hall while simultaneously working towards completing her graduate degree and working part-time at another job to make ends meet.

Family

Cassandra’s first born son, Weylin Micheal Brown was born in May 2014. Cassandra’s second child is Betty Ila Brown, born in February 2016.  Cassandra is married to Micheal Brown. Micheal is a Border Patrol Agent and was born and raised in Michigan. The Brown family are proud Home Owners in the Rosedale Neighborhood area.  Cassandra served as the Vice President of the Rosedale Association from 2014 to 2016. In August 2016, Cassandra was elected as the President of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association (RNA). Cassandra has helped successfully submit Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) Applications and recently the pedestrian mile markers were installed in the Rosedale neighborhood to promote walk-ability and healthy habits.

Cassandra’s eldest sibling, Stephen Hernandez, brother, is a volcano seismologist at the Geophysical Institute in Quito, Ecuador. He earned an M.Sc in Earth Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014, and a B.Sc in Mathematics from UTEP in 2009. Raquel Rodriguez, sister, is a nurse in Dallas, Texas. Raquel has a B.Sc in Health Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. Celeste Kieffe is a graduate student at UTEP pursing her M.Ed in Guidance Counseling and holds a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies from UTEP. She aspires to be a guidance counselor in the K-12 educational system. Christina Marie Hernandez is a dental assistant and lives in Round Rock, Texas. Christina earned her Associates of Science at El Paso Community College and plans to continue her education in the medical professions.

Three of Cassandra’s siblings have relocated to other cities in their search for better career opportunities contributing to the “Brain Drain.” Nevertheless, El Paso continues to experience rapid population growth, and with that growth come challenges and opportunities. As Cassandra has demonstrated time and again, she is invested in the El Paso community and with your vote, we can improve our quality of life through meaningful initiatives and policies to keep people in El Paso.

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