Vassar began her career as an economist, working in Washington DC and Portland, OR. After ten years in the field, she chose to change her career entirely for the opportunity to work in nonprofit senior living. She obtained a Master’s degree in Gerontology and became CEO of Rose Villa, a not-for-profit CCRC, in 2006.
Bringing both financial rigor and resident-directed perspective to her work, she focuses on building partnerships with residents to create vibrant, emotional, social, and physical environments. She is passionate about the way we age, working to break down negative stereotypes and visioning senior living in new ways.