Cynthia Curtis joined the J. Marion Sims Foundation team as a Community Investment Officer in January 2018. She serves as primary liaison to the Orton Family Foundation and other program actors of the Community Heart & Soul® initiative underway in Lancaster and Chester Counties. In addition to this role, Cynthia serves as the Coach for the Town of Kershaw. Cynthia develops opportunities with Foundation partners for community investment, resident engagement, capacity building and shared learning. She lived in El Salvador for 20 years, working in international cooperation in the Central America region. While there, Cynthia facilitated the establishment of an international learning center in El Salvador to train local and global youth volunteers, development practitioners and activists. Cynthia has substantial experience in research, travel and reporting including Central America, Cuba, Haiti and East Africa. In 2013 she relocated to the U.S., settling in Chester to join with family. Prior to coming to the Foundation, Cynthia worked with a local non- profit for downtown revitalization and the City of Chester. Cynthia speaks fluent Spanish, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education, and Certificates in Non Profit Management and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Community Investment Officer