Cynthia Foster is the Communications Manager at the Women's Foundation of California and is a passionate cause communications professional with a background in gender justice and media. She is responsible for digital properties, marketing, and storytelling for the Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation in October 2016, Cynthia served as communications manager of Equal Rights Advocates, a Foundation grant partner and national civil rights organization focused on protecting and expanding economic opportunities for women and girls. While at ERA, Cynthia boosted the organization’s digital visibility, implemented new campaigns to educate the public on issues ranging from the gender wage gap to campus sexual assault to pregnancy discrimination and supported dozens of clients and partners in achieving their communications goals. Cynthia chaired communications for A Stronger California campaign, which introduced California’s first economic security state policy agenda focused on women.
Before ERA, Cynthia began her communications career as a web editor/producer and, later, reporter at The Recorder, California’s leading legal newspaper. While there, Cynthia broke stories on civil litigation and government legal agencies and launched the publication’s first blog aimed at a law student audience. The experience deepened Cynthia’s affinity for technology and curiosity about the science of user experience, two areas of focus for her in her work at the Foundation.
Cynthia graduated from the University of California, Davis with dual degrees in English and political science. An ardent lover of all forms of media, Cynthia is a particularly voracious reader. Born in Central Montana and influenced heavily by Hollywood cowgirl Dale Evans, Cynthia can frequently be spotted wearing her bright red cowboy boots.