Cynthia Lallo, senior executive assistant to Mayor Richard Bissen, has joined the Maui Economic Opportunity Board of Directors, filling the mayor’s seat on the tripartite board.
The 21-member board consists of representatives of government, businesses and the community served by the 58-year-old anti-poverty Community Action Agency.
Her appointment was approved by the board on Jan. 17.
Lallo has a background in teaching, child abuse prevention, family strengthening and management. She has three decades of experience in organizational planning and fundraising with nonprofits, including Maui Family Support Services, the Diocese of Honolulu, Boys and Girls Club of Maui, Ka Lima O Maui, Na Keiki O Emilia and the Pacific Whale Foundation.
As senior executive assistant, Lallo is a liaison and representative for Mayor Bissen and was the co-chair of his campaign.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an endorsement in early childhood education from Southern Oregon University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. The Wailuku resident also is a board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“MEO is a most trusted and impactful nonprofit in the Maui County community,” she wrote on her information form. “My experience with nonprofits and fundraising, along with strategic planning and board development, could be useful.”
She replaces Claire Kamalu Carroll, who was appointed by former Mayor Michael Victorino.