Thriving Utah


Thriving Utah is an AmeriCorps program designed to help nonprofits and public agencies increase their capacity. Using an asset-based approach, our AmeriCorps members spend 11 months creating and executing capacity building projects tailored to the needs of each organization. We strive to fill the gap between what an organization wants to achieve and the resources available to them, as we envision a statewide community of organizations that effectively and efficiently address the needs of the communities they serve.


Team members

Cassandra Wambach

Program Manager

Cassandra is the Program Director of Thriving Utah and has been a part of the AmeriCorps community since 2015. She is incredibly passionate about the benefits of service, both for the communities served and for those serving. “What I love most about my job is connecting with incredible nonprofits and agencies statewide, and seeing our AmeriCorps members shine as they enhance their impact through service.”


Branden McQueen-Bryers

Program Specialist

Branden McQueen-Bryers currently holds the position of Program Specialist at Thriving Utah. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, she spent her teenage years in Alice Springs, Australia. After completing her education at Brigham Young University of Hawaii, she got married and subsequently moved to Utah, where she now resides. Her excitement lies in the work with Thriving Utah, where she actively contributes to building the capacity of nonprofits and public agencies throughout the state. Branden is dedicated to supporting Americorps members in their service roles as part of her responsibilities.