Cynthia and her three siblings were raised by two hard-working, immigrant parents in the San Joaquin Valley. She and her brothers and sisters were the first in their family to graduate from college and her parents’ unwavering focus on college graduation inspired her to advocate for under-served communities. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri. She spent the last four years working with low-income communities in South Texas as an AVID teacher, college counselor, and an IDEA Public Schools administrator, helping hundreds of first-generation college students matriculate to college. She currently leads all outreach and engagement efforts for Great Public Schools Now and has a deep commitment helping families send their children to high-quality schools that prepare them for future success.