The New 97.7 Woman Of The Week - Week Of February 25, 2019
Name: Cinda Danh
From: Lynn, MA
About Woman Of The Week: Cinda is the daughter of Cambodian Genocide survivors, her family immigrated to the US in 1988. Cinda grew up in a family with three brothers, living in a Lynn housing project for much of her childhood before her parents became proud homeowners. Growing up, Cinda’s parents worked hard to support their family; her father, a union machinist, and her mother having to work miscellaneous jobs just to be able to put food on the table.
In 2011, due to her father unexpectedly losing his job, their house was going to be foreclosed. Her family struggled to make ends meet. While her father was looking for employment, with English as his second language, opportunities were limited. In the midst of the foreclosure crisis, her family found hope when a local organization informed them about their rights as homeowners which allowed them to stay in their home. This is when Cinda learned about advocacy and how local and state government functioned. She witnessed underrepresented communities struggle to effectively advocate for themselves because they were never empowered to use their voice in policymaking. It was then that Cinda committed to making a change.
Following her graduation from Lynn Public Schools, Cinda attended North Shore Community College and then transferred to the University of Massachusetts Boston. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human services while working full-time. While pursuing her degree, Cinda interned at the Massachusetts State House, where she discovered her passion for public service. After completing her internship, Cinda was offered a full-time position as a legislative aide.
As a legislative aide, Cinda engaged with countless residents of Lynn and the Commonwealth; she wanted to give them someone they could count on and trust in state government. Taking action to help resolve community concerns was the best part of her job. Cinda made sure to go above and beyond for anyone that interacted with the office, as she knew firsthand how it felt to be hopeless and to not have a voice.
Cinda then became the chief of staff for another State Representative. She gained extensive experience on the processes of how to make critical change in government and connect people with the resources they needed most.
Recently, Cinda began working for a government relations firm, where she continues her advocacy work in state government and supports policy initiatives from a different perspective.
After graduating from college, Cinda returned to Lynn. Following the changes happening in her community, she wanted to ensure that everyone’s voice was being heard. Cinda is one of the organizers for The Revolutionists Club, where they facilitate social and professional relationships, cultivate a positive community for young adults, and patron a local business in Lynn every month. Cinda is a Raw Art Works Alum, a member of the Lynn Rotary Club, and a volunteer with Kakrona Center. She also serves on the board of Arts After Hours, Community Path of Lynn Coalition and is one of the Co-Founders of Voices of Lynn.
In 2018, Cinda launched the magazine she created called, “Faces of Lynn” to highlight the stories of the amazing people in the City of Lynn through photography and questions. Cinda has brought people in the community together by providing a platform for entertainers, artists, and entrepreneurs who are based in Lynn. Cinda is proud to be a life-long Lynner and she is ready to share her vision and get to work on behalf of the community.
Cinda Danh recently announced she will be running for Ward 6 City Councilor in the City of Lynn and she is also the first Asian American woman to ever run for office in Lynn, MA.
Favorite 97.7 Artists: Solange, H.E.R., Ella Mai
Cinda's Song Pick: Solange - "Cranes In The Sky"
Congratulations to Cinda Danh, our New 97.7 Woman Of The Week!
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