Kassy Alia Ray is the founder and CEO of Serve & Connect. Under her leadership the organization has grown from a simple hashtag to a valiant movement dedicated to creating change.
A clinical-community psychologist by training and graduate of the University of South Carolina, Kassy has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition’s Hero of the Year; Columbia Business Monthly’s Top 35 under 35; The State Newspaper’s Top 20 Under 40; the Post and Courier’s Golden Pen Award; the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Individual Philanthropist of the Year; Columbia’s Best Local Hero Award; and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Citizen of the Year.
She speaks regularly to service providers, law enforcement agencies, organizations, and corporations across the U.S. on topics related to collaboration, grief, empathy, and reimagining police and community relationships.
“When I give talks, I say my fight has been for police and community relationships,” she said. “But I do think there’s a bigger message here. If we can find the strength to be open and find empathy; when we are willing to walk in someone’s shoes and seek understanding of the world through their eyes, that’s when we can find real solutions.”
Kassy married Mitch Ray in 2018. Their son, Sal, is a thriving four-year-old.