Community Partnership Manager
Kassy Hayden’s career in communications and engagement has spanned over 15 years, during which time she has specialised in sustainability, social issues, science and engineering. Kassy is passionate about leading collaborative projects that can create positive change for society and the environment. Prior to joining LGNZ, she was the Head of Communications and Engagement at ESR, the Crown’s pre-eminent science and research institute focusing on science and communities. She has also held other management positions at Engineering NZ and Opus (now WSP), and at an international NGO in Paris that worked to reduce global industrial greenhouse gas emissions. Kassy lived in Paris from 2010-2016, gaining fluency in French and providing her expertise to other international and homegrown companies, including acting as the PR manager for Annabel Langbein as she launched her book in France in 2011.
In 2010, Kassy was selected to represent New Zealand as an Asia 21 Young Leader. This initiative brings together a critical mass of dynamic individuals whom the Asia Society believes can positively impact global affairs over the coming decades.
Kassy is also a literary translator. Her translation of Treatise on Modern Stimulants, a philosophical work by French nineteenth-century writer Honoré de Balzac, was published in the US in 2018, gaining critical acclaim from literary press. In other creative endeavours, Kassy was the director and designer for the high-end menswear label Hubert & Rhymes from 2007-2010, which was stocked in boutiques around Aotearoa, and worn by TV3 presenters.
Alongside her work at LGNZ, Kassy is undertaking research on how to reimagine strategic communications practice to help NGOS, policymakers and scientists to have more impact, particularly around sustainable development issues.