Born in Carmel, New York, Cynthia grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island, went to college in Burlington, Vermont and law school in Boston, Massachusetts. She now is a business owner, award-winning civil rights lawyer, policy advocate, writer, commentator, and former state senator from Maine.
Cynthia has been a practicing attorney and counselor at law in good standing for over 25 years. She worked locally to expand high-speed Internet to rural Maine, having sponsored first-in-the-nation laws that created the renowned public-private Three Ring Binder project.
Cynthia was also one of the early proponents of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and at the national level worked to reform the military justice system. She currently represents individuals, businesses, and veterans in complex civil litigation, before governmental bodies and in the media.
In addition to practicing law and advocating for economic and social justice, Cynthia writes a regular column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and is a weekly political commentator for Maine Public. She has appeared on numerous state, national and international news shows, including the BBC, CBC News, Boston Public Television, WGME13, WCSH6, Bangor Daily News, WVOM, 560WGAN, among others.
Cynthia served in Maine politics from 2006 - 2012 as both a state representative and senator. As a lawmaker, Cynthia was the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and appointed Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislature’s Communication, Financial Affairs and Interstate Commerce Committee, and was a member of the Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce.
In 2012, Cynthia was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in the race against Charlie Summers and Angus King.
Cynthia has been a panelist at several national conferences on broadband and net neutrality. In addition to her legal, legislative and public policy work, she worked as the Director of the Common Cause Digital Democracy Project in Washington, DC, and served as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Maine Community College.
Cynthia earned her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. She is married to Tom Clarke and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine with her family.