In India (second from right), with Preetha, Pushpa, Jancy and Prathibha, while shooting at Shanti Bhavan Children's Project! (Photo by Shashi Shekhar Rajannah)

In India (second from right), with Preetha, Pushpa, Jancy and Prathibha, while shooting at Shanti Bhavan Children's Project! (Photo by Shashi Shekhar Rajannah)

Photo by Cassandra Bianco

Photo by Cassandra Bianco

My career started in news in print and on the web, most recently as a photo editor at The Wall Street Journal and as a multimedia producer at NBC Universal. I loved the access afforded to these major organizations, but found that the people and organizations striving to make their communities stronger were often overlooked. I chose to head out on my own to find these stories and support the organizations behind them.

I photographed cloistered nuns in Peru, cheered Special Olympic athletes while filming the World Games in China, and documented mother-daughter relationships in an indigenous Mayan region of Guatemala. After four years on my own, I joined the communications staff of New York University as a multimedia content producer, where I continue to find and tell stories of strength and persistence.

In Fall 2018, I began my graduate studies at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. I am earning my master's in Visual Representation and Brand Strategy. In the next few years, I aim to have a better understanding of how all media portrays people experiencing poverty, people of color, women, the LGBTQ community and the differently-abled, and how I as a media producer can continue to defy stereotypes in my work. My long-term goal is to combine these studies with best marketing practices to make a business case for marketing without exploiting.

Outside of photography and film, I'm a coffee fiend, a cookie monster, a board game fanatic and an intrepid wanderer!

Contact me to chat about how we can work together!


Honors & Awards

Official SelectionSan Francisco Documentary Festival 2016Pursuing Dreams

Official SelectionSacramento International Film Festival 2016Pursuing Dreams

Official SelectionFOG Movie Fest: Silicon ValleyPursuing Dreams

Official Selection, San Francisco Frozen Film FestivalPursuing Dreams

Best of Fest: Social Short, Livermore Valley Film Festival 2016Pursuing Dreams

Award of Merit: Documentary Short, Impact DOCS Awards 2016Pursuing Dreams

Official SelectionWomen's Independent Film Festival 2015Unbroken

Grant Recipient, California Humanities, Community Stories Grant, 2015. Pursuing Dreams

Grant Recipient, Speranza Foundation, 2015. Unbroken and The Race for Equality

Second Place, National Press Photographers Association Monthly Video Contest, April 2014Magho (Daughter)

Official Selection, Asheville Cinema Festival 2013Magho (Daughter)

Official Selection, Silent River Film Festival 2013Magho (Daughter)

Official Selection, Poverty Cure Film Festival 2013. Magho (Daughter)

Finalist, The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation 2013 Documentary Short-Short Film GrantMagho (Daughter)

Honorable Mention, NPPA Best of Photojournalism  2008. On the Line: Economic Hardship in NC


Member of the National Press Photographers Association



  • Breakthrough New York

  • Center for Arts Education

  • Coalition for the Homeless

  • Coro New York Leadership Center

  • Girls on the Run International

  • Girl Scouts of Greater New York

  • Haymakers for Hope

  • Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services

  • MAIA

  • New York University

  • Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York

  • Project Renewal

  • Refugee Transitions

  • She's the First

  • S.H.E. Summit

  • Special Olympics International

  • Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

  • United Nations System Staff College

  • Viacom Talent for Good



Work has appeared in:

  • Associated Press

  • ELLE

  • Glamour

  • Mashable

  • SELF

  • The New York Times

  • The TODAY Show

  • The Wall Street Journal

  • Upworthy