Cindy Baldwin has made it her mission in life to advocate for those in need. Cindy has been employed with the California State Senate on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for the past twenty years. Working with California’s Veteran Constituency. Over the years Cindy heard many stories of veterans struggling with such issues as navigating through the VA system, PTSD, suicide, sexual military trauma and a many other struggles. Cindy felt herself wanting to do more for our veterans.
Then in 2006 Cindy’s husband committed suicide. Cindy having firsthand experience of the aftermath of such a loss she has made it her mission in life to advocate and educate those in similar circumstances.
In 2007 Cindy volunteered with the CASA Program (Court Appointed Special Advocate of Placer County) in which she advocated for foster youth – children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and are living in out-of-home placements. She acted as the “eyes and ears of the judge and the voice of the child.” She was a Family Mentor with CASA of Placer County as well she mentored to parents who have had children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. As a Family Mentor she visited the home of the parent each week and helped the parent develop a variety of life skills surrounding health, nutrition, budgeting, organization, home care, education, career, and job search, to name but a few. As Cindy witnessed the success of the CASA program it became her dream to do something similar for veterans.
Currently Cindy sits on the board of the Colonel Renee Rubin Private Veterans Foundation and serves as Secretary. Cindy works closely with Melanie Reagan, President in fulfilling the Colonel’s passion to support veterans and save dogs. Connecting a veteran with a dog to help foster a successful transition back to civilian life.
Cindy also serves as a Sacramento County Veterans Treatment Court mentor. She feels honored to be a part of something that was a dream of hers many years ago.
Cindy’s is the proud daughter of a WWII Navy veteran. She’s a mother of two adult children and when Cindy is not helping others you will find her on a yoga mat teaching and promoting health and wellness.