Cindy is a first-generation Vietnamese American born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology. As a studio art major, Cindy specialized in drawing, painting, and mixed media collages, often incorporating visual patterns, thread, and fabric in her work. For her Senior Thesis Exhibition, Cindy created works which reflected on the constant destruction and reconstruction of the natural environment and its living creatures.
While at Rice, Cindy was deeply involved with the Rice Vietnamese Student Association. She developed a passion for community through coordinating VSA's College Leadership Workshop and organizing performances for the annual Lunar New Year Show on campus. Cindy also participated on environmental advocacy service trips through the Alternative Spring Break program and eventually co-led a trip to Sacramento to explore human rights to water. It was after this project that she decided to pursue work in the environmental field. Because she was one of few Asian Americans working in places like an art gallery or a conservation wildlife center, it became increasingly important for Cindy to advocate for diversity and inclusivity. She then became involved with OCA: Asian Pacific American Advocates as a community volunteer, intern, and student board member. New opportunities brought her to Washington, DC on a whim, where she is now a RAY Fellow based at Ocean Conservancy.
As a RAY Fellow, Cindy is exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion, intersections in art and science, and storytelling. In her down time, she enjoys art exhibitions and concerts, starting new art projects, and catching up on books.