Cynthia Audino Fairbank was born and raised in Los Angeles where she attended Immaculate Heart High School, graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University Los Angeles.
Cynthia was a Special Education teacher for the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools. After completing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, she began her career in Governmental Relations as a staff lobbyist for the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, working in Sacramento and Washington DC on a wide range of education and school management issues affecting the 80 school districts in Los Angeles County. Her areas of expertise included issues that affected the educational programs run directly by the Los Angeles County Office of Education such as Court Schools, Special Education, and the legislation that established the Los Angeles County High School for the Performing Arts.
Cynthia has more than 25 years of experience in local and state governmental relations, policy-making, and political strategy, with an emphasis on California public policy issues, K-12, and higher education finance issues. She has also served as a consultant on public education ballot initiatives, including school facilities bonds, and parcel tax measures.
Cynthia continued to represent the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools after she formed a Government Relations firm in Sacramento as well as other clients such as the Los Angeles Community College District, the Art Educators Association of California, and the Humane Farming Association, in addition to corporate clients such as Futuredontics, Inc., the parent company of the dental referral service known as 1-(800) DENTIST.
In Los Angeles, she has provided governmental relations consulting services to the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she has served as a consultant to the LAUSD Deputy Superintendent for Governmental Relations and Public Affairs. She has worked for corporate clients with issues before the Los Angeles Community College District and Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as the Los Angeles City Council, and various other city commissions and agencies.
Cynthia’s paternal grandparents emigrated from Reggio, Calabria and settled in Pennsylvania in 1902. Her parents moved to the Westside of Los Angeles in the late 1940s. Cynthia is married to John Fairbank, a partner in the Public Opinion Research firm, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates. They live in Century City, where they raised their son, Jeffrey. She also serves on the board of the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild.