Kassandra Perez-Desir


Kassandra has extensive experience on the issues of labor, immigration, housing, consumer affairs, environment and transportation.

Kassandra Perez-Desir

Prior to joining Bolton-St. Johns, Kassandra was a Special Assistant in the Office of Environmental Justice at the Department of Environmental Conservation. There she worked with non-profits, environmental advocates, and elected officials on environmental impacts on low income communities. She assisted in spearheading the relaunch of the Community Impact Grants which awards up to $50,000 in grant money to non-profits across the state.

Previously, Kassandra was Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships for SEIU 32BJ where she fostered alliances across the country on behalf of the members in areas of immigration, and assisted in the airport worker’s unionization across three states, and the Fight for 15 in New York State. Prior to her work at 32BJ, Kassandra served in the Bloomberg Administration as the Manhattan Borough Director for the Community Affairs Unit, as well as a Legislative Representative for the Mayor’s office of State Legislative Affairs where she helped in the passage of various pieces of legislation including illegal hotels and outer borough taxis. She also has experience at the federal level as Deputy Director for Immigrant Affairs for Senator Charles Schumer.

Her prior experience has allowed her to form strong relationships with elected officials, non-profit organizations, and community groups.

Kassandra is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn where she resides with her husband and daughter. She holds a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.A. from St. John’s University.