President and CEO
Cynthia Nimmo is the President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network. She leads the network with a focus on collaboration, shared data and best practices, and cross-sector partnerships. A proven leader with a passionate commitment to systems change, she has consulted for foundations, nonprofit organizations, and Fortune 500 companies wishing to advance social causes.
Cynthia first joined Women’s Funding Network as Vice President of Member Services, and then as Chief Operations Officer, providing the strategic direction and implementation of special initiatives. In her tenure, she oversaw the development of multiple impact tools, including a social change measurement tool which has been used by hundreds of organizations around the world, and was licensed to corporations such as Nike Inc. Prior to joining the philanthropic sector in 2003, Cynthia helped to develop iVillage.com, the first online network for women. iVillage.com pioneered the notion of online community during the “new media” era with a membership of over one million women. Cynthia piloted innovative online tools to support women’s leadership and entrepreneurship, and went on to oversee the development of online communities for dozens of companies.
A passionate advocate of the power of discourse as a tool for change, Cynthia began her career as a Legislative Aide in the United States Senate to Senator Dianne Feinstein during her first term as Senator. She was appointed to the Sustainabilty Commission for the City of Sausalito, where she served as Chair.
Cynthia is a graduate of Santa Clara University with degrees in Political Science/International Relations, and Spanish. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa (national honor socity) and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society). As the daughter of an immigrant, raised in a bi-national family, Cynthia is deeply committed to global relationship and dialogue.