WomenStrong International Board Member
Cynthia Nimmo is a leader in advancing gender equality, establishing partnerships with the corporate, philanthropic, government, and nonprofit sectors to secure lasting change. She has led national and global networks and is President Emeritus of Women’s Funding Network (WFN)
Cynthia Nimmo has been a leader in advancing gender equality for over 20 years, establishing partnerships with the corporate, philanthropic, government, and nonprofit sectors to secure lasting change. She has led national and global networks and is President Emeritus of Women’s Funding Network (WFN), an alliance of 120 women’s foundations investing millions each year in programs and policies that improve the economic security, health and well-being of women and girls around the world. WFN incubated such collective partnerships as Women Moving Millions, a network of women committing to giving $1M over the course of their lifetime to women and girls; Prosperity Together – which announced its commitment at the White House to give $100M from 29 women’s foundations towards supporting women’s economic security; and the Women’s Economic Mobility Hubs, funded in partnership with the Gates Foundation to invest deeply across 10 states in the U.S. while participating in a learning collective to share knowledge and best practices.
Prior to her long-term tenure at WFN, Cynthia was a pioneer in the advent of online communities. Living and working in Manhattan’s “Silicon Alley” she helped to design and lead the first online community for women, iVillage.com, which connected over one million women in the late 1990s. As a strategist, Cynthia focuses on impact, leadership, and business development and has worked with UN Women, She the People, the Alliance for Girls and numerous social impact organizations. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Cynthia is a Regent for Santa Clara University, based in the heart of Silicon Valley. She advises its Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, a social enterprise accelerator dedicated to ending poverty. Cynthia received her B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, and is an active member of Phi Beta Kappa. She resides in the Bay Area and has an extensive family in Peru.