Meet our DMO of the Year
Obama For America's FloridaState Director Ashley Walker addressed the group, and Mayor Lerner went to work organizing DMO members for future action. As a result of her work, DMO increased our Florida membership, built a strong new network, and established our value in the upcoming election. Who better to help move national priorities and public opinion that the elected officials closest to the electorate.
Throughout Cindy's professional career, she has taken leadership roles in improving government, its policies and programs. Cindy has had a long and respected legal career as a Child advocate, first as senior attorney for the Guardian Ad Litem program in Miami Dade's Juvenile Court, while also overseeing hundreds of volunteer attorneys and getting very involved in a very personal way.
This is what spurred her to get involved in the political process, and become a system advocate. She led non profit and civic organizations, and organized community initiatives to improve access to healthcare, education and social services. Determining that she would have a greater impact addressing and initiating policy and budget decisions, she brought the name and reputation she had earned as a hard working outspoken advocate to her campaign for the Florida Legislature, and, in the year 2000, she ran for and was elected to serve as State Representative for District 119, which included all of Pinecrest and south to Homestead.
In her years as a legislator, Cindy earned a reputation as an assertive, effective leader. She served as Vice Chair for the Child and Family Security Committee, where she often lead the fight for comprehensive changes that would positively impact children and families. She also served on the Education and Innovation Committee, the Council for Healthy Communities, Agriculture Committee and Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee.
In addition, she encouraged her constituents to learn about and become part of the political process, believing it was critical to have citizen engagement to assure the best outcomes for a variety of important issues. She ran monthly Advisory groups, inviting constituents to her local legislative office, to discuss healthcare, education, the environment and business and economic development.
Cindy returned to her community work in Pinecrest, and began a consulting business, Grassroots Connections. She worked tirelessly for a wide range of local organizations, including Friends of the Everglades, National Council of Jewish Women, Pace Center for Girls, Community Gardens Charitable Fund, and Temple Beth Am Sisterhood and continued to volunteer with various Juvenile Court projects. She has won numerous Awards and Accolades,including the Florida Chapter of Sierra Club Legislator of the Year Award, Outstanding New Legislator Award from Human Services Coalition, In the Company of Women Pioneer Award from Miami Dade County andWoman of Valor Award from National Council of Jewish Women.