VITA Cynthia H. “Cindi” Love, Ed.D. 258 Gaslight Landing Court Occoquan, VA 22125 @drcindilove 972-358-5907 Cynthia "Cindi" Love is an educator, advocate, executive, entrepreneur, author and activist. She currently serves as the Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators International in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment in July 2014, she served as the Executive Director of Soulforce as well as Metropolitan Community Churches worldwide from 2005-2014. Love is a tenured member of the Working Advisory Group to the US Secretary of State on Religion & Foreign Policy and the Leadership Council for CELIE The Civic Engagement and Leadership Institute for Everyone. She is a recent contributor to PolicyThink: Women of Color Federal Policy Brief presented to President Elect Trump’s Transition Team. Love is one of the 92 Content Experts for the Diversity Collegium Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks project and a organizational consultant in diversity and inclusion, strategic planning and large-scale change management programs. Love was the 2016 recipient of the Facilitator Award by Stetson University College of Law for her diligence in creating safe college campuses. Love also served as plenary member of the United Nations UUO Compass Coalition for LGBT Human Rights & as a thematic country specialist for LGBT human rights with Amnesty International. President Obama has invited her to the White House on two separate occasions in recognition of her work to end discrimination against LGBT people. She was also a guest of President George Bush, Sr. to play golf with the President & the Secret Service to raise money for the First Tee Foundation. Her work was recognized by late Senator Edward Kennedy as the leader of a first responder organization to Hurricane Katrina victims. She is a former senior executive of the New York Stock Exchange listed TORO Company (NYE:TTC) and was named one of North America’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs by INC Magazine, Young Entrepreneur’s Organization and MIT. She was in the inaugural class of MIT’s Birthing of Giants program and received the David Boehnett Fellowship to the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program for State & Local Officials. She has a doctorate in educational administration from Texas Tech University and was a full fellowship recipient for her Masters in Education from Louisiana Tech and the Veteran’s Administration. She applied her educational training to using early adoption technology in classroom and rehabilitation facilities and to forming community-school partnerships; her efforts were recognized by the Texas legislature and by the late Governor Ann Richards. She served as the Executive Dean of Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas, chairperson for School Vision of Texas, Apple’s largest sales agency in the United States from 1993-1995. She was also CEO of Friendly Robotics, a high tech firm in Tel Aviv, served as a Visiting Investigator for NASA and is a long-time director of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center's advocacy program. She is a Huffington Post blogger in the areas of education, religion and LGBT lives and an ordained minister and author of Would Jesus Discriminate? The 21st Century Question about a global marketing campaign to prompt churches to consider the ways that religious attitudes against homosexuality may contribute to discrimination against gays and lesbians. In March 2014, she was asked to co-lead the closing benediction at the DOMA rally on the steps of the Supreme Court. Her favorite quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson is “Every Wall is a Door.” Her favorite people on earth are her spouse/partner of 36 years, Sue Jennings and their children, Joshua and Hannah. Her favorite places are the Laguna Madre at South Padre Island, the face of Blanca Peak in Colorado, on her deck on the Occoquan River in Virginia or on the dock at Fort Phantom Lake in Abilene Texas. When she isn’t working, you can find her with her favorite people in one of those places.