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Cynthia Rivera Weissblum is chief executive officer of the Edwin Gould Foundation (EGF) and is the architect of the EGF Accelerator, a residential incubator for nonprofits focused on educational inequity. Accelerator organizations are relieved of infrastructure costs for five years and provided a curated set of consulting services while joining a community of social innovators.
Cynthia was previously the president of Results Collaborative, advising on donor strategy. She served as chief executive officer of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and during her tenure earned the N.Y. Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Award. She was the director of New York State?s Mentoring Program. She honed her skills and developed perspective in student development and educational equity at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University at Albany and Rutgers University. Cynthia recently was the commencement speaker at Mercy College and is a lecturer at New York University?s Steinhardt School. Cynthia earned a BA, MS, and post graduate certification in counseling psychology from the University at Albany. She serves on the board of Guttman Community College, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Rockefeller Institute of Government and uAspire. She has informed legislation and strategies to address obstacles preventing low-income students from thriving. Cynthia is an advocate and entrepreneur, building organizations which advance positive outcomes for underserved youth.