Principal Board Member
Ms. Kassiri joined the Office of the County Executive in 2006. As Montgomery County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO), her leadership portfolio includes all the non-principal offices, office of Performance and Innovation, Internal Audit and Open Government initiative. She is responsible for assisting the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in managing the operations and performance of County Government by providing administrative oversight to the directors of County departments and ensuring that departments’ core activities align with the County’s Effective and Sustainable priority outcome and comply with all applicable policies, procedures, and regulations. In the CAO’s absence, she serves as Acting CAO.
Prior to joining Montgomery County, she spent four years as Special Advisor to the Prince George's County Chief Administrative Officer, providing recommendations to the County Executive and Chief Administrative Officer on a wide array of issues, programs, and policies. In that capacity, Ms. Kassiri’s past experience also includes ten years with the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation in management capacity, and four years in the private sector as a highway design engineer.
She currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors for the Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. and the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. She is a past board member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, where she acted as alternate to the CAO, and is a current member of the International Counties and Municipalities Association. Recognized for her many professional accomplishments, Ms. Kassiri was named to The Daily Record’s 2016 Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Ms. Kassiri is also passionate about mentoring and currently volunteers as a mentor with several organizations in the greater metropolitan area.
Ms. Kassiri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy specializing in finance and management from the University of Maryland.