The daughter of Cambodian Genocide survivors who immigrated to the US in 1988, Cinda and her three brothers grew up in Lynn. Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of her parents, including her dad’s working as a union machinist and her mom taking on various jobs to support the family, they would buy their first home in Ward 6.
In 2011, Cinda got her first exposure to the power of advocacy when their home was going to be foreclosed. She was approached by local organizers who informed them of their rights as homeowners which allowed them to stay in their home. Through sharing her family’s story with elected officials, Cinda got her first exposure to how government works and how it can better serve all of us.
Advocating for residents going through foreclosure ignited a passion for public service that led her to the Massachusetts State House where she served as an intern, legislative aide, and then as chief of staff to a state representative. Currently, Cinda is a government relations specialist at Preti Strategies. She is the creator of Faces of Lynn magazine, co-founder of Voices of Lynn festival, a member of the Lynn Rotary Club, a board member for Arts After Hours and Community Path Coalition of Lynn, a volunteer for Kakrona Center of Lynn, Raw Art Works alumni and a graduate of Lynn Classical High School. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in human services from UMass Boston, Cinda moved back to Lynn to work for and serve her community.