Cindy was born and raised in Kansas, and lived in Washington, D.C. for 30 years before moving to Austin eight years ago. She has a BBA from Kansas State University and a Masters in Human Resources from George Washington University. While in D.C., Cindy became very involved in the political scene, worked a short stint on the Hill, worked on issue-related campaigns, as well as political campaigns on the local, state and national level.
Cindy was instrumental in Governor Howard Dean’s campaign for President in 2004, as his Cultural Outreach Coordinator for Northern Virginia, and she moved to New Hampshire for three months to open and staff a campaign office for him in Concord, New Hampshire. She worked on the Obama campaign in 2008, as his Seniors Outreach Coordinator for Northern Virginia, and was an Obama Delegate.
Founder of the organization Texans for Interfaith Peace and Justice—a Facebook group in support of Texan Muslims—Cindy coordinated outreach events, such as reaching out to Mosques, supporting the Banner Project, and offering a safe place for open and honest dialogue for Texans of all faiths.
Cindy is a former PFLAG Board Member and a member of Texas Equality, ACLU, League of Women Voters, and is presently involved in the Amaanah Refugee Services. Her passions—other than politics—are her children, her grandchildren and her dog, Sophie.