Cindy was appointed executive director of TreePeople Land Trust in February 2020.
As a lifelong Angeleno raised in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, she began volunteering with local community organizations at the age of 12. Her parents ignited a passion for the environment in Cindy at an early age when they pointed out environmental injustices in their neighborhood. As a family, her parents participated in tree plantings and encouraged the kids to pursue careers in social justice.
At the age of 25, Cindy was elected as the youngest mayor and council member of her hometown of San Fernando. At 28 years old, she made history by becoming the youngest woman elected to the California State Legislature, where she became a champion for the environment, sustainable urban planning and social justice.
Cindy then moved on to serve as Assistant General Manager at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where she was a core part of the team transitioning the nation’s largest publicly-owned utility to cleaner energy and a more sustainable local water supply.
Cindy is currently a Board Member for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a Legislator In-Residence at the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. She also serves as chief executive officer of TreePeople.
Some of Cindy’s favorite things to do are to hike our local mountains, explore California and give back to Los Angeles. She is inspired by the magic of California’s ancient 2,000-year-old giant sequoia trees, the delectable taste of the fruit from her mother’s trees and the ability to live and work inside oak woodlands within a major metropolis.