Cynthia Guzmán leads a diverse portfolio of equitable economic development, workforce development, and sustainability projects.
Through her work in strategic planning and stakeholder engagement design and implementation, she has collaborated with clients to develop programs and policies for equitable economic development, hiring and workforce training, and the growth of healthcare and technology sectors.
Most recently, Cynthia worked with First Supervisorial District of the County of Los Angeles on developing a multi-prong strategy for a health and wellness district in the Eastside of Los Angeles focused on the LAC+USC Medical Center. She is currently working with the Glendale Economic Development Corporation on implementing its technology strategic plan, an initiative aimed at attracting tech companies to and innovation in the City of Glendale. In partnership with UC Berkeley’s Don Vial Center, she helped develop recommendations for California’s investor-owned utilities to dramatically improve workforce outcomes of their ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs. Cynthia provides guidance to the Water Foundation on their water resiliency and stormwater infrastructure strategy in Los Angeles County. Cynthia also serves as technical assistance provider of California Climate Investment Programs, including the Low Income Weatherization and Transformative Climate Communities programs.
Cynthia was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) in December 2016. She is also a member of the Community Funding Board of the Liberty Hill Foundation, a progressive social change foundation based in Los Angeles. She was also a 2015 Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute Workforce Development Fellow.
Cynthia received her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. A native Angeleno, Cynthia is always on the lookout for the new places to hike, bike, and salsa dance in the city.