Affinity Mentoring appoints executive director

253
Cassandra Kiger Courtesy Affinity Mentoring

A nonprofit that provides student mentoring hired a new leader.

Grandville-based Affinity Mentoring, a nonprofit that provides one-on-one mentoring relationships for students at Burton Elementary, Burton Middle School, Southwest Community Campus and Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center, said it hired Cassandra Kiger as its new executive director.

Kiger joins Affinity Mentoring from the Hispanic Center of West Michigan, where she was an interpreter trainer.

“Cassandra has a great combination of vision, skill set and passion to lead our organization,” said John Robinson, board president, Affinity Mentoring. “She is connected to the community, inclusive in her leadership style, focused on equity and a champion for our mission.”

Kiger said she will work to promote equitable education in the community through her new role.

“Every individual, from the youngest to the oldest, brings valuable history, experience, knowledge and expertise to contribute to making our community great,” she said. “I want to work together with my neighbors toward our mutual liberation and contribute equitably to a bright and prosperous future.”

Kiger has a decade of experience in program management; research; development; and diversity, equity and inclusion training, programming and leadership.

Prior to her time at the Hispanic Center, she was prevention and diversity director for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Ottawa County and also has held roles within the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation and Bethany Christian Services.

In her past roles, Kiger advocated for equitable opportunities for refugee and immigrant youths and worked on child sexual abuse prevention and education support.

Kiger holds a Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University.

The Grand Rapids Chamber named Affinity Mentoring the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year at its 10th annual EPIC Awards.

Facebook Comments