A Connecticut native, Cynthia M. Blumenthal attended local schools, and graduated with a B.A. in History from Harvard College. She subsequently studied photography at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan, and then worked both as a photographer, and for “Jobs for Connecticut’s Future” – a foundation-funded project that focused on advancing a model of public-private partnership to support economic development growth in the state.
In addition to her leadership roles in her husband’s twelve successful campaigns for elected office, she has served on various community Boards including: Meals on Wheels, the YWCA, the Research and Grants Committee of the Fund for Women and Girls, as well as working on specific events to benefit the Breast Cancer Alliance, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. She currently serves on the Boards of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and is a Commissioner of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. She and her husband, Richard, have four children at whose schools she was also an active volunteer. Their eldest son, Captain Matthew S. Blumenthal, serves in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Their second son, U.S. Navy Ensign Michael L. Blumenthal, is currently stationed at Virginia Beach, Virginia.