Cindy Casama Gerber was born into a multi-racial family and hails from a small southern town outside of New Orleans. She studied International Relations in our nation’s capital before moving to the West Coast to work briefly in the entertainment industry. Cindy’s underlying commitment to social justice, racial equity, youth and education steered her to a position at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance, organizing professional development trainings for educators in search of anti-racism tools to integrate into the classroom. Years later she launched a regional office for youTHink, a program that develops students’ critical thinking about social issues such as poverty, racism, and homelessness through art and creativity. Cindy went on to work with KIPP Bay Area Schools where she managed and integrated a federally funded media arts program across their four charter schools. A re-location to Portland led Cindy to Open School’s Step Up program as Coordinator at Gresham High School. She transitioned into Development, and for six years worked behind the scenes to resource Open School’s programs, where she eventually became Development Director.
In her free time, Cindy volunteers in the community with her synagogue, and at her kids’ schools. She co-founded GUIDE, a parent-led equity collaborative and is a facilitator for Parents Talk Racial Equity. She was also a member of the 2015 leadership cohort, Building Reproductive Autonomous Voices Everywhere (BRAVE).
Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers