Director, College & Career Pathways
Cindy Erwin joined the Center for the Future of Arizona in 2018 as the Director for College and Career Pathways, Phoenix region. Cindy is responsible for working with education and industry partners to ensure that many more young people complete high school and earn a postsecondary credential with labor market value, launching them into initial careers while ensuring that they have the foundation necessary for further education.
Cindy has over 25 years of experience in educational leadership, learning and development, strategic design and organizational transformation in both the public and private sectors. Cindy’s roles in education have included serving students and communities as a teacher, as the planning and first principal of Williams Field High School in the Higley Unified School District, and as an administrator with AAEC Early College High School in both the Paradise Valley and South Mountain communities. Additionally, Cindy worked with the Maricopa Community College District in a leadership role within their Corporate College. In all these roles, Cindy helped define the strategic direction of the organization while keeping the student/learner at the center of the mission of the organization.
After teaching and prior to her school leader roles, Cindy spent several years in the private sector working with Fortune 500 companies such as Eli Lilly and Company and Johnson Controls as well as high-tech startups where she was involved in systems re-engineering and new business launch initiatives. Cindy earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Purdue University.
Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
Working at CFA on the Pathways to Prosperity initiative marries my background in both education and industry and allows me to use my expertise to provide young people the foundation and opportunities that will enable them to fulfill their college and career aspirations and become positive, contributing members of a thriving global economy. Ultimately, I love working with teenagers and with people who contribute their time and talents to supporting teenagers as they move into young adulthood.
What do you enjoy in your personal time?
I am an avid Big 10 sports fan, and I enjoy traveling, biking, hiking and nearly any outdoor adventure.
Why do you love Arizona?
Sunshine and sandal weather year-round! I moved to Arizona from the Midwest in 2006, and I love the sense of adventure and promise that Arizona embodies.