Cinthya was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and has been living in San Francisco for 17 years, a place she now calls home. She attended City College of San Francisco for her Associates Degree and is getting her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University. In the future, she plans to pursue her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Her positionality as both an immigrant and a mother has allowed Cinthya to understand the difficulties immigrants endure in navigating complex systems and advocating for their rights. Previously, Cinthya was a parent mentor at Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, a program she was referred to find help for her own son who has special needs. As a mentor, she helped other families advocate for their childrens’ needs through their Individualized Education Plans (IEP), as well as connecting them with other resources in the city. In 2017, Cinthya had a long and challenging experience fighting off an eviction attempt on her and her family with the help of Causa Justa and the San Francisco Tenants Union. Afterwards, she joined La Colectiva de Mujeres, where she advocated for workers’ and immigrants’ rights in San Francisco.
For the DreamSF Fellowship, Cinthya is placed at the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) - Asset Building Program. She will help the Latino community with access to technology through the Mission Digital program. She will also assist the workforce program by helping clients create their resumes, search for jobs, and get financial coaching. She expects that her personal experiences and passion for community work will make an impact in the lives of people she will serve.
During her free time, Cinthya enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, listening to music, trying new foods, going to the beach and discovering places around the Bay Area. Cinthya’s favorite activity is spending time in nature.