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I Am Jackson: Cassidy Spencer

What is your hometown? 

I was born in California, but Milan, TN, is the place I consider my hometown. I arrived in Jackson in 2012 to join Union University’s volleyball team. After graduation, I found a job in Jackson and was amazed by the city’s numerous offerings. Over the last decade, I have grown to love Jackson even more and now consider it my home.

What is your profession?

I work in the non-profit marketing, development, and event world. Currently, I serve as the Director of Annual Campaign and Special Events for the YMCA of Memphis and the MidSouth. As Junior Class President, I discovered my passion for planning and decorating events, particularly prom. Witnessing the magic of memories being created inspired me to pursue event planning. During my college years, I cultivated a love for philanthropy while mentoring girls at Andrew Jackson Elementary. The experiences I shared with them ignited my desire to make a meaningful impact in the world.

Where have you volunteered or contributed your time in efforts to give back? 

For years, I served on the steering committee for Black Tie & Boxing where I channeled my love of events and marketing into raising funds and awareness for Type One Diabetes. My exposure to volunteer opportunities increased through my involvement in the Jackson Rotary Club, Leadership Jackson, and the Miss America organization. I’ve been fortunate to give back through my personal passions for mentoring, mental health advocacy, and initiatives like Children’s Miracle Network, RIFA, Hub Club, Salvation Army, Jackson Theatre Guild, Out of the Darkness Walk, and others. I live by a simple philosophy: change a life, change a community, change the world. That’s what I strive for and what I hope will be my legacy. 

What are some of your favorite things about Jackson? 

Jackson offers the best of both worlds – the charm and warmth of a small-town community combined with the liveliness and talent of a big city. Whether you’re in the mood for mouth-watering local cuisine, live music, or cause-driven events, there’s always something to do in Jackson. If you’re bored here, you’re not looking hard enough! As a downtowner, I’m excited about the revitalization taking place in this historic part of the city. But what really sets Jackson apart is the incredible support it offers to nonprofits and organizations that are making a real difference. This city truly rallies behind those who strive to create positive change.

Three words that best describe you. 

Passionate. Inventive. Goofball. 

Favorite place for dining and for entertainment? 

I’m a self-professed foodie… so this one is complicated. Best pizza – Rock’N Dough, Best Apps – Blacksmith, Best Street Tacos – Takos Borukas, Best Fajitas – Coyote Blues, Best Rice Bowls – Tulum… and the list goes on!
As for my favorite spot for entertainment, it has to be Hub City Brewing. This unique venue has so much character, amazing event lineups, and a welcoming atmosphere that’s hard to resist. In fact, my husband and I loved it so much that we even held our wedding reception there! Plus, it’s within walking distance.

What is one thing that you do not go a day without?

Coffee and puppy kisses… I love my fur babies, Swanson and Sugar Ray. 

Finish this statement, I AM JACKSON because… 

This place, these people have embraced me at my best and my worst. I am Jackson because I believe in all this town has to offer and desire to help others to find their place in our city.

This article is from VIP Magazine, a premier publication for events and local coverage throughout Jackson and West Tennessee.