Before joining the Commission, Cynthia worked in private practice in corporate, real estate, land-use, medical malpractice and tribal law and as an in-house regulatory and corporate attorney at Sandia National Laboratories and the United States Navy. At the outset of her law career, she was law extern for the Honorable Terry J. Hatter, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and law clerk for the Honorable Oliver Seth, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Prior to her law career, Cynthia worked as a research scientist in industry and academia in environmental toxicology and neurochemistry.
Cynthia is a former Bernalillo County Planning Commissioner and former Vice President of the New Mexico Renewable Energy Association. She founded and led two non-profit organizations to protect open space and improve art and music education in Albuquerque public schools and is a board member of the Dance Theater of the Southwest. She holds a J.D. from Southwestern Law School, an M.S. in Physiology from St. Louis University, and a B.A in Biology from Washington University.