Cynden manages our investments in early-stage public charter schools across the country. As part of the Seed team, she leads operations, cohort diligence and selection, and identifies direct supports for leaders in the early-stage portfolio. Prior to joining CSGF, Cynden taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Ukraine, an experience through which she gained insight into the many challenges facing the country’s post-Soviet education system. Her experience teaching English language learners, during college and in Ukraine, sparked her interest in public education reform. She earned a BA in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.