Cynthia is a Senior Climate Policy Associate for the Global Climate Program. She co-manages WRI's research and capacity building efforts to advance national long-term climate change planning to accelerate near-term climate action and enhance accountability and transparency. She also supports research for the Systems Change Lab to examine the interconnectedness of the critical system shifts necessary to protect people and the planet.

Cynthia has previous experience conducting research on international climate governance arrangements for non-state and subnational actors, and reporting and tracking progress under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Suriname and has experience developing urban stormwater policy and general expertise in the areas of sustainability, energy efficiency, and clean energy policy.

Cynthia holds a M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Southern Maine.