Biography: Cindi Love, Executive Director of Out for Undergrad

Cynthia “Cindi” Love, Ed.D. was appointed Executive Director of Out for Undergrad in January 2018. 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 in DC. She is a recent contributor to PolicyThink: Women of Color Federal Policy Brief presented to President Trump’s Transition Team. Love is one of the 95 Content Experts for the Diversity Collegium Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks project and a well-respected 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 innovation and diligence in creating safe college campuses. Love also served as plenary member of the United Nations UUO Compass Coalition for LGBTQ+ Human Rights & as a thematic country specialist for LGBT human rights with Amnesty International. President Obama invited her to the White House on two separate occasions in recognition of her work to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. She was also a guest of President George Bush, Sr. and First Lady Barbara Bush at First Tee Foundation Secret Service Golf Tournament. Love’s 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. Love 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. Love holds the 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, recognized by the Texas legislature and by the late Governor Ann Richards. ‪ Love 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. In March 2014, Love was asked to co-lead the closing words at the DOMA rally on the steps of the Supreme Court.

Love is one of the featured leaders in Dr. John Dugan’s text Leadership Theory: Cultivating Critical Perspectives (2018). Love’s favorite quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson is “Every Wall is a Door.” Her favorite people on earth are her spouse/partner of 38 years, Sue Jennings and their children, Joshua and Hannah. Her favorite places are the Laguna Madre at South Padre Island.