Kate Sassoon

Director, Community

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Kate “Sassy” Sassoon spent the decade before she joined SU building her passion for efficiency, effectiveness, and equity into a thriving consultancy that offers facilitation, training, and organizational design to innovative organizations. She is skilled at developing transformative communication and decision making structures for countless organizations, and is known for her inspiring, irreverent, and unexpectedly empowering approach to this work. She holds two degrees from UC Berkeley (one in Ecology and another in Theatre) – and if she learned one thing from that time it’s the surprising power of cross-fertilization.

The boundaries between us are often seen as insurmountable walls, but Sassy sees them as ecotones – as the most productive zones in the biosphere, as the precise place where communities connect, discover, and thrive exponentially. She brings these perspectives, frameworks, and a whole lot of passion to her work of building a truly Global Community at SU.

Sassy collects skills, hobbies, and communities like they’re going out of style. When not working with SU you can find her climbing tall trees, manufacturing couture clothing, designing communication workshops, choreographing guerilla performance, practicing her Mandarin, or building DIY projects with her wife.  She delights in deep questions, unexpected connections, and doing well by doing good.