Cynthia Swann

Cynthia Swann is President of Swann Group International, LLC (SGI) in Washington, DC serving as its Chief Executive Officer, and serves as Vice Chair of the National Bar Association (NBA) Civil Rights Law Section. In her capacity, she intersects advocacy, policy, politics and social justice offering strategic insight, external affairs, and partnership and collaboration expertise to some of the nation’s leading decision-makers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to SGI, Cynthia served as Senior Counsel and Director of Governance & Policy at the 3.2M member National Education Association (NEA), providing strategic counsel to NEA and affiliate leaders—facilitating informed decisions on key governance, social justice, and public policy matters.

Responsibilities also included developing and implementing the multicultural infrastructure and framework for NEA’s outreach to the rapidly changing diverse demographic within communities of color. Her responsibilities included identifying, engaging and sustaining racially, ethically, and culturally diverse national, affiliate and local relationships, partnerships, and collaborations with organizations and leaders within the civil rights, corporate, education, progressive, and philanthropic communities.

In her associated role, directing NEA’s Department of International Relations, she managed NEA’s founding membership in Education International (EI)—an education federation of over thirty million (30M) educators in one hundred and seventy (170) countries and territories across the globe. She was responsible for strategic partnerships with international organizations, and for organizing, participating, and/or presenting in sessions globally in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and North and South America.

Prior to NEA, Dr. Swann served in multiple executive leadership capacities. As executive director of the King Drew Ambulatory Care Center, a large multi-specialty ambulatory facility, her devotion to equity in minority healthcare became a guiding principle. As an officer of the court in the area of child protective services, and as a parole and probation officer providing supervision in an intensive probation unit for high-risk court appointed juvenile and adult offenders, it became clear that the common denominator for success was education. These works shaped her perspectives and enhanced her commitment to social justice, and full human and civil rights equality.