Cynthia Hurst was raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and has spent her career raising money for nonprofit organizations and managing them. She is grateful for the opportunity to utilize her skills to help the Tibetan people as the Development Director for the International Campaign for Tibet
Cynthia began her nonprofit career at Clean Water Action, where she first learned the basics of fundraising and then directed the organization’s Baltimore office to be the highest netting office in the country. She played a leadership role in opening offices in Providence, RI; Portsmouth, NH; Miami, FL; Dallas, TX; and Los Angeles, CA. In addition, she mentored and trained eight new directors who went on to run offices around the country.
After opening and managing the CWA Miami office, Cynthia moved to be closer to her family in Virginia. There she served as development manager at the Wildlife Center of Virginia and development director at WHTJ Charlottesville PBS.
In 2006, Cynthia founded and ran Butterflies in Progress, LLC, a nonprofit management and development consulting company. It assisted organizations with capital campaigns, major gifts, direct mail, special events, strategic planning, board recruitment and training. Her clients included dozens of national, regional and local organizations working on educational, environmental, historical, political, and social justice causes. She departed this work in 2015 to join ICT.
Cynthia has served on the boards of directors of Wild Virginia, the Environmental Fund for Florida, the Baltimore League of Conservation Voters, the Coalition to Preserve Black Marsh, and the Baltimore Recycling Coalition, which she co-founded. She chaired the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Council and taught fundraising courses at the University of Virginia.
She has a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University. After college, she taught French for two years in Baltimore City Public Schools.
Cynthia enjoys biking, hiking, and a daily meditation and yoga practice. She has been a vegetarian since age 11.