Cassandra Devine

2018 Cheng Fellow

Cassandra Devine is an MPA candidate, an American Association of University Women Fellow, and a Dubin Fellow for Emerging Leaders at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to coming to HKS, Cassandra worked in the Australian labor union movement and in government, where she focused on labor standards enforcement and insecure employment. She was also a Centre for Australian Progress Fellow, a University of Melbourne Pathways to Politics Fellow, and a Member of the Board of Amnesty International Australia. Cassandra is passionate about economic justice issues and has dedicated her life to ensuring a fairer and more equitable redistribution of wealth and higher living standards for working people. Since coming to HKS, Cassandra has grappled with the issue of ensuring the future viability of worker organizations in the face of legal challenges, structural changes to the nature of work, and declining membership density. These challenges have made it difficult for worker organizations to obtain sufficient resources to fund their campaigns and services. As a Cheng Fellow, Cassandra will pursue Fair Dues, an early-stage social venture that partners with worker organizations to generate revenue and increase community support for fairer working conditions. Cassandra participated in the Venture Incubation Program, run by the Harvard Innovation Lab, in Summer 2018.