Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education Foundation

Board Members

Cynthia Pritchard

Cynthia Pritchard has over 30 year’s executive planning, administration, communications and programmatic experience in the nonprofit and private sectors. She has a degree in Psychology/Business with an emphasis in Personnel Administration from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Pritchard has served as executive staff for Philanthropy Delaware, United Way, Department of Labor; Department of Medicaid Services; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; American Red Cross; Nationwide Insurance and Highland Manor Nursing Home.

She is considered a strategic thought leader in the areas of workforce development, early childhood, youth career development, adult education, civic engagement, volunteerism, health care, public policy, mental health, and arts/culture/historic preservation. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, raising over 12 million dollars as a professional and volunteer. She was named to Who’s Who of Business Professionals in 1994. In 1998, she was selected by the DAR as the Outstanding Woman under 35 in Pennsylvania. She has served board member and leader of multiple local, state and national nonprofit organizations ranging from health care, women’s issues, arts and culture, historic preservation, youth development, and aging.

She has done critical work galvanizing effective coalitions and partnerships through her orientation to collaborative processes and inclusion based mindset. She has developed and implemented fund development programs, community impact models, and provided strategic and operational direction for multiple organization. She has developed and taught coursework/seminars nationwide on grant writing, fundraising, outcome measurement, collaboration, and collective impact, volunteer engagement, advocacy for social workers, employee onboarding, board development, and conflict resolution.

A frequently requested speaker and educator, she has been known to inspire, educate and inform using her unique interactive and energetic style. A Pennsylvania native for 6 generations, she volunteers on multiple local, state, regional and national boards. She currently serves on the following boards:  Christmas Shop Foundation, Tilton Society of Delaware, PSSDAR-America 250 and NSDAR-Women’s Issues.

She is the proud mother of her 3 adult children; Wayne, Jack, and Hannah.  The joy of her life is her 7 grandchildren living in Maryland, Washington and Alaska.