Beginning her career as an institutional credit analyst with Bear Stearns in 1984, then attorney on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch in 1987, Cynthia developed excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and segued into the role of a Compliance Director at Smith Barney in 1993.
Demonstrating her strong business acumen, competitive drive and depth of product knowledge, Cynthia earned a coveted position in management within the Private Client Group at Smith Barney in 1996. Upon the integration of Smith Barney and Citicorp in 1998, she transitioned to the bank platform.
In her role at Citibank, Cynthia surpassed her margin goals with double-digit returns by taking her sales force “beyond the transactional cross-sell” and instilling a holistic approach to financial planning. In 2001, Cynthia was then asked to spearhead the turnaround of underperforming “franchises” within the New York Region as a Sales Development Officer responsible for more than $10 billion in Citibank footings.
An out-of-the-box thinker, Cynthia is also credited as the visionary leader behind a joint venture plan between Smith Barney and Citicorp Investment Services to develop offerings for the Mass Affluent market segment in 2003. Under her leadership, the pilot produced superior sales results and a decision was made to integrate business units of Citicorp Investment Services with Smith Barney.
After battling head and neck cancer in 2009, she founded Tigress Financial Partners, a woman-owned and operated Financial Services Firm sensitive to people with disabilities. Tigress is a fully licensed investment bank, broker dealer and registered investment advisor dedicated to the principles of diversity and inclusion. Tigress offers Proprietary Research, Investment Banking, Sales & Trading, Asset Management and Wealth Management services.
Cynthia was profiled by Forbes in their CEO Series in an article entitled “A Tigress in a Shark Tank”. Forbes described Cynthia as “one tenacious Tigress…her father’s words inspired her to pick herself up from tragedy and start a business. Both the woman and her story are unique, amazing and forcefully inspiring.”
Cynthia is committed to paying it forward. Cynthia holds extensive outside business affiliations. She serves as Chairperson of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, an organization that provides valuable services to over 30,000 business and civic leaders who represent the backbone of the Greater New York business community.
She was selected to the Executive Task Force for The Wall Street Journal: Women in the Economy, a select group of nearly 200 influential CEOs, luminaries and subject matter experts, selected create a business-based, action plan to address an important economic issue: making better use of female talent to promote economic growth.
Public Service & Testimony
Cynthia serves as a Business Leader to the White House Business Council and an Executive Board Member of the Business and Labor Coalition of New York. For the past two years, Cynthia shared the panel at the Comptroller’s Summit with along with New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and former New York City Comptroller John Liu to discuss the Impact of Wall Street from a Women-Owned Business Leaders perspective.
In 2013, Cynthia was to serve as a Business Leader for Governor Cuomo’s Ten Points-Women’s Initiative which aims to break down barriers to women’s full participation in society and seek to create a positive and sustainable meritocracy in business. She served as the leading business advocate for the NYC and NYS Minimum Wage Increase speaking before the Governor and members of the Senate, as well as, the Mayor of New York City.
As part of her mission, Cynthia provided Testimony to the Independent Democratic Conference of New York State on the issue of Campaign Finance Reform. She proudly serves as a member of New York Leadership for Accountable Government (NY LEAD), a bipartisan group of New York business, civic, and philanthropic leaders who have come together to advocate for comprehensive reform in the way elections are funded in the Empire State. Among its influential members are Jonathan Soros, Edgar Bronfman, Barry Diller and Chris Hughes, the Co-Founder of Facebook.
She was the recipient of the 2014 Common Cause Champion of Democracy Award. Common Cause and it’s over 400,000 members are one of the most effective and respected organizations working for political change in America, seeking to restore the core values of American democracy and empower ordinary people to make their voices heard in the political process.
She was the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award from A Better Balance, a national organization dedicated to advancing the rights of working families. Cynthia has written numerous op-ed articles that have been published in the NY TIMES, NY Times Digest and TIMES UNION on “Campaign Finance Reform”, “Providing Access to Capital for Small Business”, “Increasing Minimum Wage”, “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” and “Women’s Equality”.
In 2013, Cynthia was invited by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., President of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, to be a panelist for the 16th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit. In 2014, Cynthia testified before House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representative Carolyn Maloney on Paid Family Medical Insurance Leave. Cynthia also participated along with Senator Kristen Gillibrand in the Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit.
Furthermore, she provided testimony before a Congressional Briefing hosted by Senator Robert Casey, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congressman Jerry Nadler on “Making Pregnancy Discrimination a Thing of the Past: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act at 35 & the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act”, as well as, providing testimony to the Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate Hearing on “Restoring the Voters’ Trust in New York State Government”.
In 2015, Cynthia was invited by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., to serve as Chairperson for the 18th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit. She also was selected to serve on the Small Business Majority Summit at the White House. Cynthia testified at the White House with respect to Campaign Finance Reform before the White House Office of Public Engagement. She also participated in the White House Leadership Summit along with Valarie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Deputy United States Trade Representative with respect to International Trade Policy.
Awards & Accolades
Cynthia was the recipient of the 2015 Global Changer Awards for Legislative Excellence from When In Need Foundation. She was recently appointed as the Senior Advisor to Global Innovation Initiative, United Nations, for Project Service China focused selected areas of global significance including Urban Development, Global Health, Agriculture, Food and Water Security, Energy and the Environment. This initiative is sponsored by The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Cynthia is among the fifty Wall Street seasoned professionals profiled in the book Transforming Wall Street: A Conscious Path for a New Future. The book combines fresh insight, intelligence and experience from fifty leading Wall Street luminaries, together with a panel of academic experts and a wide-ranging group of Teachers of Consciousness.
Cynthia recently served as the inspirational keynote speaker on Resiliency for Morgan Stanley, TIA, Guggenheim Partners, Cognizant Technologies, and for numerous Unions, Public Pensions and Fortune 500 companies.
In 1980, Cynthia was named an Alt. Congressional Nominee to West Point Military Academy. She attended Wagner College where she was given an Academic and Theatre Scholarship. She graduated with Honors from Wagner College with a BA in Political Science and Theatre and earned a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University, School of Law.
Cynthia holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 66, 99 and Life, Accident, Health and Real Estate Licenses. She was admitted to the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut State Bars.