Cynthia is an author and mom-activist in St. Louis, MO who moved from caring for toddlers and feeling helpless about the world’s problems to appearing in the New York Times and speaking at the World Bank. She began advocating for child survival issues when her daughters were babies. An automotive engineer with no background in community organizing or politics, she learned how to advocate effectively by volunteering with anti-poverty groups. Because she discovered that many advocacy organizations are not structured to encourage or support primary caregivers of young children, she invented my own “best practices” to fit into her family life, relying on her strengths as a mother.
She served as a board member of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund for four years and led volunteer groups for RESULTS in Chicago and St Louis for over ten years. She is currently a volunteer with RESULTS, the ONE campaign, Bread for the World, CARE, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, MomsRising, and the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign. She visits congressional offices with other activists, trains volunteers, writes blogs, generates social media posts, and organizes action meetings.
She speaks on podcasts and at local institutions such as St. Louis University, Webster University, John Burroughs School (middle and high school students), Congregation B’nai Amoona, and Parkway United Church of Christ. She remotely joins national volunteer webinars as a speaker for RESULTS and Civic Courage.
In 2021, she was awarded the Cameron Duncan Media Award from RESULTS Educational Fund for her activism in written media.