NPQ is proud and excited to announce Cyndi Suarez as its new senior editor; Cyndi will be working directly with me to help drive and manage our editorial agenda. You will be hearing a lot from her and I wanted to be sure to put you directly in touch so here is a letter from Cyndi introducing herself and explaining why she has chosen to come work here. Please help us welcome her to the work!
I’m so very excited to join NPQ as Senior Editor and look forward to getting to know you and the community, as a whole, even better than I do now. I do know this community somewhat already. I can think back to the day I first learned of NPQ about 15 years ago. I said to myself, “I want to work there one day.” I have high regard for the work NPQ has done to capture and share nonprofit expertise over the years. Today, the journal is in a growth stage and I’m excited to contribute to the next phase of the work.
In terms of my own background, I have worked to help leaders move from struggle to flow by helping them build elegant social change ideas and structures. I specialize in network strategies—helping organizations identify their core functions and niches, and leveraging strategic partnerships to achieve large scale change. I am particularly passionate about liberating structures.
I’ve worked with leaders in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and social movements, including the Movement for Black Lives. Recently, I was at Interaction Institute for Social Change (my second stint there), working to launch a new line of service focused on public engagement. Previously, I created a network grantmaking strategy for Boston Rising, a startup philanthropic organization. I served as Executive Director at Northeast Action, the first regional political strategy center in the United States. While there, I developed an organizational development framework for networked organizations that helps them understand the capacities necessary at different phases of network development.
I hold a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Boston College, an MA in Feminist Theory from the New School for Social Research, and an MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. I am the author of the forthcoming Power Play | Enacting Freedom, in which I outline a new theory of power, and Power Games, a companion manual.
I look forward to our work together as a community of learning.