Cindys legal career began as a paralegal at a boutique plaintiff-side law firm, where she helped injured parties in medical malpractice, personal injury and employment litigation. She subsequently received her law degree from the University of Washington and continued her work with employees, immigrants and other individuals and/or small businesses seeking legal guidance. In law school, Cindy represented claimants in unemployment compensation appeals as a legal intern at the Unemployment Law Project. She also worked in both the Criminal and Employment Divisions of the Seattle City Attorneys Office. At the City Attorneys Office, she gained extensive courtroom experience as a Rule 9 prosecutor and became versed in issues relating to municipal and union-represented employees. She also externed with the Seattle office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she worked on matters involving gender, race, and age discrimination. Cindy volunteered with the UW Law Schools Immigrant Family Advocacy Project, where she helped immigrant victims of domestic petition for legal status in the United States, often freeing them from their abusers. Apart from her legal career, Cindy is a former dancer with a soft spot for classical ballet. She loves dogs (especially her mastiffs Sophie and Charlie) and is a volunteer dog jogger at the Seattle Humane Society. She also enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest on her bicycle.