Cassady Walters, based in Chicago, Illinois, is a Vice President with the Africa Practice at ASG, where she works with clients to expand and strengthen their business operations across the African continent. Ms. Walters brings first-hand experience with Africa’s unique political and economic landscape to assist clients in the region. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Walters worked at the intersection of governments, markets and civil society as an Analyst with the Institute for State Effectiveness. In this capacity, she provided analysis on the private sector’s role in Africa’s development and designed policy strategies to create inclusive and accountable institutions.
Previously, Ms. Walters worked in small-enterprise development as the Youth Development Officer on a USAID-funded entrepreneurship program in Mali. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, where she worked to improve public health offerings by identifying synergies between local government, civil society and entrepreneurs.
Ms. Walters was also part of USAID’s Office of Transitions Initiatives (OTI), where she helped manage OTI programming in Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali. She has extensive research experience in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and China, with a special focus on China’s relationship with Africa. Ms. Walters reported on human rights and culture for the Jordanian English-language magazine Jo Magazine.
Ms. Walters earned a M.A. in International Economics and International Affairs from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Study at Johns Hopkins University. She graduated cum laude from Whitman College. Ms. Walters is fluent in French and Bambara.