Interview with Cynthia James

Tell us about your self.

Other than what my bio states, I am a native Pittsburgher (Go Steelers!!!) and come from a family of my parents and two older brothers.  I enjoy volunteering and exploring communities from the resident perspective and supporting the growth and economic development of lower-resourced areas.  A fun fact about me:  I played the violin for 17 years and attended a performing arts school, played with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and worked at the premiere symphonic hall in Pittsburgh all through high school and college.  I was once kissed on the cheek by Yo Yo Ma, the famous cellist.  I also enjoy running and being outdoors as much as possible.

What skills do you bring to Community Bridges?

WOW, another heavily loaded question.  Since my bio states all of the obvious, I can state that what I hope to bring to Community Bridges is a fresh perspective, an eager and inspiring vision, and a plan for execution to ensure that we continue to impact the lives of our children and families in Montgomery County.

 What excites you most about joining the Community Bridges Team?

What excites me most about joining the Community Bridges team is the energy and resilience that the staff have towards really serving the families and children of Montgomery County.  It is inspiring to join a team dedicated to the mission but open to effective collaboration and conversations that ensure that we are having the greatest impact.  I also am employing the theme WORK SMARTER not HARDER this year!

What do you see for the future of Community Bridges?

Ask me in six months after I’ve learned from all of our stakeholders what they would like to see.

What activities are you involved in the community?

As a soon to be new resident of Montgomery County, I hope to become active in as much as possible.  In Baltimore I’m very active with my sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and the Urban League.  In Pittsburgh, I ran my own girls’ step team for several years in the community I was raised in.  I also am very active in advocating and ensuring that we sustain volunteer opportunities for people through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

For more information, see the press release.


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