ABOUT CASSANDRA A. PORTER
Racial Equity Professional, Mom, Daughter, Wife, That One Black Friend
Cassandra A. Porter graduated magna cum laude from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee with a BS in Political Science continuing on to receive her law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. She joined Indiana Department of Child Services starting as the Permanency Manager and moving on to the role of Assistant Deputy Director of Staff Development. In that role, she oversaw all areas of training for all 2,000 DCS staff and 5,000 foster parents. In November 2012, she left DCS to become the Executive Director of SAFY of Indiana, Inc. where she was responsible for the treatment and care of nearly 1,000 youth and families throughout the state, and for the fiscal and contractual viability of all Indiana programs and services. She oversaw SAFY’s clinical and business operations within the state, promoting and expanding the organization’s quality continuum of care model and evidence-based practices.
In 2012, after serving for many years in the child welfare arena, Cassandra founded Favorite Part of My Day, an organization that focuses on diversity training and consultation, cultural competence work and racial equity trainings. Cassandra is a racial equity practitioner and founded Favorite Part of My Day because she has a passion for educating and providing language to complex systemic issues. She brings a sense of humor and a personal connection to many difficult topics.
Cassandra A. Porter is from Houston, Texas and currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband of 18 years, Jeffery Porter. They have two daughters, Lauren Elizabeth and Lindsey Elaine, and her Mom, Loretta rounds out their multigenerational home. Cassandra is active in her church, sorority & the alumni association of her beloved alma mater, Tennessee State University. She is an ever-present Mom at all of her daughters’ activities including choir, track, and soccer.
Cassandra is a certified trainer for the Anti-Defamation League (“ADL”), a leading anti-hate organization. She specializes in their “A World of Difference” and “Managing Implicit Bias for Law Enforcement” programs. It is her pleasure to speak on a variety of stages, both physical and virtual, as a keynote, guest speaker or trainer. She welcomes new connections via social media or her Contact Page.