An experienced business leader and education advocate
Cynthia Wallace is an experienced business leader and education advocate running for Congress to fight for North Carolina working families. The granddaughter of farmers, Cynthia grew up in a small, rural Georgia town, where her father was the co-founder of his local NAACP and the first African American elected county commissioner. Cynthia excelled as a student and worked at a paper factory and work study jobs to help pay for her education at Spelman College. She sang with the college gospel choir, and graduated with a bachelor of science, cum laude, in mathematics. She earned her master’s degree in statistics at the University of North Florida, where she served as a teacher’s assistant and taught undergraduate math classes, and interned for two summers with the Jacksonville Transit Authority to make ends meet. Cynthia is an expert in risk management and regulations, and she has worked for three Fortune 500 financial services companies in her 25-year career in the financial services industry. Cynthia has long been active in the National Alumnae Association of Spelman (NAASC). When a career opportunity brought her to Charlotte 14 years ago, Cynthia helped re-charter the local NAASC chapter and served as president, encouraging young African American women from North Carolina to pursue higher education. Cynthia helped launch a scholarship fund in honor of the late Spelman graduate and Charlotte native Dovey “Mae” Johnson Roundtree, a renowned civil rights activist, attorney, and ordained minister. Cynthia co-founded the Charlotte chapter of one of her company’s diversity networks, and she is an active member of her church.
A champion for North Carolina working families
Cynthia is running for Congress to expand economic opportunity for hardworking North Carolinians. She is a member of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan Strategic Advisors, and she is dedicated to growing a healthy and sustainable community where people live, work, and play. When elected, Cynthia will fight tirelessly to create good-paying jobs with living wages, expand access to affordable health care, lower prescription drug prices, reduce the gender pay gap, strengthen public education, and improve critical infrastructure.
An opportunity to flip a seat from red to blue
Cynthia is challenging vulnerable freshman Republican Congressman Dan Bishop, the former state senator who sponsored the state’s notorious “bathroom bill.” Bishop narrowly won a 2019 special election after state officials found evidence of ballot fraud by a Republican campaign operative and ordered a new election. Last year, facing pressure from the Supreme Court of North Carolina, lawmakers in the state had to redraw illegally gerrymandered congressional districts that heavily favored Republicans in this purple state. North Carolina’s newly-drawn 9th Congressional District is now more favorable to Democrats. “The landscape is different and it’s not the same race as in 2018 and 2019,” Cynthia said. “I’ve never shrunk from a challenge.” Cynthia is running a strong grassroots campaign, and she has what it takes to win in November with our help. Let’s show Cynthia the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for North Carolina working families to Congress.