Cynthia served on the San Francisco Board of Trustees as well as on the National Board of Trustees for Summer Search, a non-profit which inspires resilient low-income high school students to become leaders by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network. Cynthia is an Emeritus Trustee for the Summer Search National Board. Cynthia had also served on the board of the Bay School of San Francisco (as Vice Chair), on the board of Town School (as Vice Chair), and on the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together (as Vice Chair). Cynthia is President of the Bengier Foundation.
She currently spends her time on her family, travel, philanthropy, and board and committee activities in her second career in youth development.
Cynthia Bengier retired from a 15 year career in banking in 1999, where she most recently was the Director of Strategic Planning and Product Development for Mondex USA, a consortium of major banks engaged in bringing smart cards to the marketplace. Cynthia’s role included strategic planning and managing board-level relationships with a variety of banks and other financial partners. She represented Mondex USA on the Mondex International membership board.
Prior to that, Cynthia was a Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank. She served as Vice President, Business Development for Electronic Cash from 1995 – 1996. From 1992 – 1995 she was V.P. and Division Manager for the Business Deposit Division in the Business Banking Group, where she managed accounts serving over 300,000 small business customers and $7 billion in deposits. From 1991 – 1992 Cynthia was V.P. and District Manager for business checking products. Prior to that, she was a vice president in the consumer checking division. Cynthia also served in the consumer marketing division, where she managed the check replacement process to seamlessly convert over two million customers to Wells Fargo during the acquisition of Crocker Bank.
Cynthia holds an M.B.A. from New York University and a B.S., magna cum laude, in business marketing from San Francisco State University. She also completed the Consumer Banker’s Association Graduate School of Bank Management program.