Cindy Margulis

Meet Cindy

As the new Development Director, Cindy comes to Greenbelt Alliance with a well-known enthusiasm for connecting people and resources to worthy causes. The organization’s holistic solutions for strengthening resilience in local communities are inspiring to her. 

Cindy is eager to engage with Greenbelt’s supporters, as she values their long-term vision and generosity in protecting the remarkable landscapes of the Bay Area from sprawl. She’s keen to work with funders and donors to make our region more resilient, and strengthen our vibrant communities so we all can thrive, together, sustainably.

She began her career as a professional business development champion, helping early-stage tech companies and other firms establish win-win relationships, build out strategic alliance networks, and collaborate efficiently in evolving markets. Cindy’s passion for community causes led her to shift her career focus to provide leadership for non-profit organizations striving to expand their support bases.

Cindy has worked to strengthen non-profit conservation organizations, including serving as the Executive Director for Golden Gate Audubon for 5 years. There, she conceived and produced public initiatives that inspired people and cities to protect local wildlife and habitats, including the wildly popular SFBayOspreys.org project.

While she was raised in the Midwest, lived in the Boston-area for years, and has traveled widely overseas, Cindy has called the Bay Area her home longer than any place and celebrates the astonishing diversity of people and landscapes that grace our region.

In her spare time, Cindy’s been advocating for, protecting, and educating the public about wildlife and ecosystems in myriad ways. She’s served as a docent and former Trustee of the Oakland Zoo.  (You might even have seen her holding a huge Boa Constrictor or a raucous Amazon Parrot while imparting conservation lessons!).  She’s also been a docent for the East Bay Regional Park District and a Monarch Butterfly docent at an overwintering grove. Cindy has also helped monitor a colony of endangered California Least Terns for USF&WS and an egret rookery for SF Bay Bird Observatory. 

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