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Cindy T. Rizzo

New York, NY

Cindy T. Rizzo is the Senior Advisor of Evaluation & Strategy at the Arcus Foundation in New York City. Arcus is a private foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and with the natural world. It advances its mission through strategic grantmaking, leadership, and listening and learning in two areas: LGBT social justice and conservation of the world’s great apes. Cindy has been with the foundation since 2006. She currently also serves on the boards of Funders for LGBTQ Issues (through the end of 2016) and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, where she co-chaired the committee that planned and oversaw the opening of the synagogue’s new building. Past board service includes Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (founding board member and former chair) and the National LGBT Task Force.

Prior to Arcus, Cindy was the Director of Grantmaking at the Boston Foundation, and oversaw the foundation’s health and human services portfolio; she was also the Associate Director of Development at Fenway Health Center, Boston’s LGBT health center. Cindy holds a JD from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston.

Cindy is a published author of three novels as well as short fiction and essays. In 2014 her first novel won the Debut Author Award of the Golden Crown Literary Society. You can find Cindy’s writing on (fiction), at her blog ( and on

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