Cassandra D. Jenkins
Cassandra D. Jenkins is the Contract Administrator for the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities. She previously served as a Florida Parole Commissioner, where she conducted various administrative proceedings and hearings, made a variety of determinations, and assisted with investigative matters for the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Board of Executive Clemency.
Ms. Jenkins began her career with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), where she worked for almost 12 years. She helped develop the nation’s first Missing Children Information Clearinghouse, the Florida Juvenile Handbook, the state’s Hate Crime Reporting Program, and the Firearm Purchase Program. She later joined the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), where she worked for almost 12 years. She was a notable member of the management team that helped develop this agency, which was the state’s newest criminal justice agency at that time. She was the lead administrator for several statewide initiatives including the Girls Initiative, the Faith Community Network, the Minority Over-Representation Project and the Comprehensive Strategy Initiative.
Ms. Jenkins continued her public service in another arena by joining the Children’s Campaign, Inc. She was this organization’s Juvenile Justice Director and later served as its Director of the Public Policy Advocacy Center. She re-joined the DJJ team, where she served as the Assistant Secretary for Prevention and Victim Services and later the Deputy Director of Education. She represented the Department on the Governor’s Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency Advisory Council.