Welcoming Cindy Guerra Robbins to the Path Forward Board

I’m thrilled to announce the appointment of Cindy Guerra Robbins to the Board of Path Forward!

Cindy comes to us with an impressive resume and an even-more impressive history of championing the cause of gender equity in the workforce, most notably at Salesforce where she led a study that motivated CEO Marc Benioff to rebalance gender pay across the company—generating acclaim for Salesforce and positioning the company as a role model.

“We feel very lucky that Cindy has chosen to join the Path Forward Board. Her expertise in people strategies, pay equity and workforce development will all come into play as we work to grow the organization to re-employ the millions of women pushed out of the workforce by the caregiving demands, a situation made much worse by the pandemic,” said Matt Blumberg, Path Forward’s President and Board Chair. 

“Path Forward is an organization that tackles so many of the issues that I’m passionate about. I’ve seen the impact that companies can have when they work in collaboration with nonprofit organizations and create programs that offer employment to those who haven’t had access to opportunities,” Cindy told me. “And my work on pay equity at Salesforce showed me how the most well-meaning company can exacerbate inequality if executives don’t make a deliberate effort to level the playing field. I’m excited to bring all that I’ve learned about workforce programs, nonprofit growth and corporate engagement to help take Path Forward to the next level.” 

Cindy joined Salesforce as a recruiting manager in 2006 and rose quickly by working with business units around the world to optimize their talent and workforce strategies. Her leadership in pay equity and other innovations she made in people operations enabled Salesforce to integrate talent successfully across the globe. Under her guidance, Salesforce became one of Glassdoor’s Great Places to Work and reached No.1 on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. 

In 2019 Cindy joined the Board of Year Up, a non-profit organization that works with more than 250 corporate employers to provide training and internships to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

In addition to her nonprofit work, Cindy serves on the boards of ActiveCampaign, a private equity-owned technology company, and was just appointed as Senior Advisor at Silversmith Capital Partners. 

She graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Political Science. First in her family to graduate from college, she learned from her father, a former farmworker, and her mother, a real estate broker, to be ambitious and seek sponsors she can learn from and, in turn, she can help.

I could not be more excited to welcome Cindy to the Board and know I will learn a lot from her experience in both nonprofit and corporate environments.