Women of Impact: Cindy Villegas
Resilient. Driven. Leader. Community builder. These words don’t even begin to describe the powerhouse that is Cindy Villegas.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Cindy was the first to graduate college in her family. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating in three years, even with a semester spent abroad. At 23, her list of accomplishments include: three internships with elected officials representing the San Fernando Valley, working as a field representative at the California State Assembly, and becoming a Community Organizer for Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Campaign in 2020.
She continues to work for her community through her role as San Fernando Valley Community Organizer for Tree People, the largest non-profit environmental movement based in Southern California with the mission to “inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun, and sustainable and to share our process as a model for the world.” She educates the community about urban heat, fire resilience, and water quality issues.
For the past three years, she’s been on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Northern Valley Chapter, educating the community on emergency preparedness, safety, and the importance of blood donors. As for the future, Cindy plans to continue her work with the community, lead through mentorship, and be a voice for both women of color, the youth, and the underserved communities.
You can follow her on Instagram @cindysss_ .
Photo by Cindy Villegas