Cynda Collins Arsenault
President of Secure World Foundation
Cynda Collins Arsenault is co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, and President of Secure World Foundation, an operating foundation working towards the secure and sustainable use of outer space for the benefit of humanity. She has 45 years of experience in non-profit work including peace and justice, criminal justice, mental health, disability rights and environmental issues. She is also on the family Boards of One Earth Future and the Arsenault Family Foundation. In her personal philanthropy she concentrates on the empowerment of women in order to tap into critical skills that women bring to the world for solving the difficult problems we face, with a particular focus on women, peace and security. She is part of the Women’s Donor Network, Women Moving Millions and The International Women’s Forum. She is the founder of Women Powering Change, an annual gathering of women working to create a better world. She has also been involved, for many years, in promoting opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and has authored two books on the subject. Her daughter, Erin, was born in 1979 with cerebral palsy, opening Cynda’s world to the value and opportunities for personal growth that people with disabilities bring the rest of us. Her son, John, born in 1985 currently lives in Boulder working as an investment researcher and musician. (Erin passed away in 2010.) Cynda received her BA in Sociology and Psychology at the University of California Berkeley and Masters Degree in Education from Colorado State University. She has lived in Colorado since 1974.