Creston Whiting-Casey Principal Clerk, Assembly Daily File, California State Assembly
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you work? What do you do for fun?
I grew up in the City of Pacific Grove in the Monterey Bay area and went to Sacramento State for college in 2006. I graduated in 2011 with two bachelor’s degrees, one in government and one in psychology. In 2015, I attained a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration. I currently work for the California State Assembly in the Chief Clerk’s Office as a Principal Manager at the Assembly Desk. My main responsibility is to produce the Assembly Daily File publication, which is the master agenda for the entire Assembly. For fun, I love intramural sports, participating in community service events, watching movies, and playing video games.
What motivated you to join United Way’s Young Leaders Society?
My main motivation for joining YLS was to get more involved in United Way’s spectacular philanthropies and volunteer events. From their Christmas giftwrapping event for foster youth to breaking ground at Bell Avenue Elementary for a school garden, I always feel like I am making a very positive impact on my community.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received.
The greatest gift we have is our ability to choose how we think. Since our thoughts define our reality, you can decide which type of reality you want to have. By choosing a positive thought over a negative one, you will not only improve your life, but also the lives around you.
What would you say to other young professionals looking to get involved in the community?
You have to actively seek volunteer opportunities and step out of your comfort zone.
If you could change one thing about our community, what would it be and why?
I believe that in some respects the Sacramento community is divided. This division can be apparent across social, religious, cultural, ethnic, political, and income bounds. Most neighborhoods I have lived in are very diverse, which I think is amazing and one of the best strengths of Sacramento. However, I am not sure that these communities are experiencing enough outreach between one another to share commonality as a “Sacramentan”. I have unfortunately seen that different groups of people tend to become more siloed within communities they identify as. I believe that having cross-cultural events that bring neighbors together for common goals, philanthropic causes, and for family fun will make Sacramento a happier place to live and for the lines of division to be broken down. I hope one day Sacramento can be the best example for the world that people who are completely different in every imaginable way can come together to live happily, peacefully, and prosperously.
Favorite Book and TV Show:
Lost Stars from Claudia Gray and The Walking Dead (love and hate relationship for that one!)
Little known fact:
I have a deeply rooted, absolutely insatiable, kinda-sorta crazy mouthwatering love for pickles.