State Representative Liana Cassar
House District 66 - Barrington and Riverside
For the last 22 years, Rep. Liana Cassar has been a leader in the health care operations and public health space in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She has a breadth of experience as a strategy and operations consultant specializing in change management and systems improvement for complex health and human service organizations in both the nonprofit and private sector.
From community health centers to hospitals, and to corporate technology spaces, Liana has led interdisciplinary teams to address veterans’ health issues, public health challenges in low-income communities, global access to reproductive health, and the development and implementation of healthcare technology. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University, a Master's of Business Administration from Simmons College, and Bachelor’s degrees in Communications and Spanish from the University of Connecticut.
Community service has always been a priority for Liana. Long before her 2018 election as Rhode Island State Representative, she served in the Peace Corps as a Community Development Worker in Costa Rica. She has been a volunteer with the Barrington Public Schools and Moms Demand Action. Liana is a past board member of the Women's Fund of Rhode Island and currently serves as an Advisory Board member of the Center for Health and Justice Transformation.
Liana and her husband, Larson Gunness, have raised their family in Barrington, RI where they have lived since 1999.