At-Large Member 2021-2023
A passionate advocate for inclusivity, Cindi McEachon believes in the power of collective voices to create meaningful and lasting change. She has been praised for her tireless work building opportunities for those who are marginalized and lack access to economic, societal, and political opportunities. Cindi’s empathy and determination have led her to change countless lives as the CEO for Peaceprints of WNY, a nonprofit providing comprehensive reentry services to men and women involved in the criminal justice system in Erie and Monroe Counties, and as President of the Junior League of Buffalo (JLB).
Cindi joined JLB in 2012 and has served as Executive Vice President, Parliamentarian, Community Impact Director, and Community Research and Development Director. In her first year as President, Cindi accomplished a broad array of feats: she led the Board through strategic and annual planning processes, with successful adoption of a five-year strategic plan; she drafted Covid-19 guidance for Junior League members and employees; and she developed and implemented a robust and active Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Cindi has dedicated her second year to improving the Junior League’s internal procedures and overall governance, including Board restructuring, bi- monthly governance training, and the adoption of updated bylaws, policies, and procedures.
Cindi’s focus and drive have been an inspiration to women in the Junior League and beyond. She has empowered women as a volunteer mentor for Women Who Lead, and received the JLB President’s Award for her leadership and commitment to the Junior League and to her community. In the world of criminal justice reform, she is a founding member of the Erie County Reentry Coalition, a member of the Erie County Reentry Task Force, and is the appointed Co-Chair of the Erie County Corrections Specialist advisory board. Among many other honors, she has been recognized as one of Buffalo’s Women Who Move the City and was a Buffalo Business First 40 under 40 honoree.
Over the last six years as CEO of Peaceprints of WNY, Cindi has made unprecedented improvements, including growing the agency’s budget by 70 percent; implementing two new large-scale, community-based reentry programs; and developing an agency-wide intensive case management model, dubbed an emerging industry best practice by the Council of State Governments.
Cindi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Services from the University at Buffalo, and a Master of Business Administration from Medaille College.