During Cindy’s professional career in real estate fund development, she developed and managed a $700 million real estate fund, was named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the top ten rising stars and one of the one hundred most influential people in real estate. After retiring in 2000, she turned her talents to working with non-profits, helping them develop their best practices in development, communication and funding. She has also advanced her education in the field of photography, cinematography, computer graphics and design and uses these skills in assisting non-profits with their promotional material.
Cindy’s previous careers include working as a respiratory therapist in the post-op open-heart unit, as well as modelling and acting in thousands of advertisements, catalogs, commercials, magazines and promotional pieces. She was educated at Kansas University in Respiratory Therapy and Biology. Cindy became a SVP Partner in 2011, and has served as a coach in the Social Innovation Fast Pitch program.
Q: How were you introduced to SVP?
Cindy: I was introduced to SVP by Partner Ken Deemer through Tech Coast Angels, a group of 250 private investors who fund early-stage technology companies in Southern California.
Q: What inspires you to make a difference?
Cindy: Because I have the funds to do so and my parents taught me generosity. There was no other way in our house.
Q: What social issue are you most passionate about?
Cindy: Kids being kids.
Q: Which nonprofit organization do you wish everyone knew about?
Cindy: I wish everyone knew about the Boys and Girls Club of Mar Vista. My husband and I are the founders, and the Boys and Girls Club of Mar Vista is uniquely located to service hundreds of kids a day (300 and growing). We are now renovating the facility and our hope is to turn it into a flagship facility for the Boys & Girls Club with both indoor and outdoor recreational activities for the kids. The facility includes outdoor baseball field, running track, basketball courts, adult and children’s play and exercise areas, picnic tables and the indoor facility has a gym, commercial kitchen, computer center, study room, teen center and art center.
Q: What do you think is the biggest barrier to creating social change?
Cindy: To really think and not just act on all emotions.
Q: What book are you reading right now?
Cindy: I am currently reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.