Cassio Batteast, currently serves as the Operation Manager for Mississippi Center for Cultural Producation.

Cassio is a native of Charleston, Mississippi.  He is married to Whitney Hunter-Batteast and has 3 children, Lyniss Barnes (20), Kynadie Young (8) and Cassio Batteast, II (1).

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. He also attended Jackson State University where he received his Master of Arts degree in Urban & Regional Planning (Community Development).

Cassio’s passion has always revolved around building and enhancing communities, especially through young people. He has dedicated his career to working with and for youth, families and communities across the State of Mississippi and neighboring areas. In 2007, he established K.I.N.G.S. Leadership Institute, Inc. a non-profit organization designed to improve the quality of life for young men and K.I.N.G.S. Development Institute, LLC, an organization designed to assist individuals, families, community organizations and faith based organizations in developing businesses and community programs.

He is actively involved in his community through a number of organizations including Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Strengthening Families, Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, Leadership & Sustainability for Black Male Achievement, National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Fund, National Juvenile Justice Network & United Way Capitol Area (Graduation Matters Coalition).

Cassio has received local and national attention for his commitment to serving communities, families, and youth.  His life mission is to develop young black men into 21st-century leaders by exposing them to positive leadership models, equipping them to be spiritually grounded and empowering them to become competent leaders with a passion for lifelong learning.