Cynthia McKinney Drayton
Senior Project Manager, Changemakers
Cynthia leads global partnerships in support of social entrepreneurs throughout the world. Before coming to Ashoka, Cynthia founded and built a children’s and ladies’ clothing business, with product manufactured primarily in the Philippines with distribution to major department stores, mail order catalogs and boutiques throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Through this work, she had the privilege of working with women in rural villages, helping them transfer their indigenous craft and handwork skills to create globally marketable products. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A in Political Science and French and received her M.A in Communications from New York University. A former competitive figure skater, she is a National Judge for US Figure Skating. Cynthia is currently based in Philadelphia.