Cynthia Bunton has led International Student House of Washington DC (ISH-DC) for the past three years as President of our Board of Directors. During her tenure, the House has seen a time of significant growth and exciting change.
Cynthia, a retired United States Foreign Service Officer with over 30 years of executive leadership experience in international operations and strategic management, began her time as President by recognizing the value of building and maintaining a strong community with our Board of Directors, resident scholars, alumni, and advocates. Under her leadership, ISH-DC has expanded relationships with foreign embassies and enhanced outreach to Members of Congress and other US government officials. A number of foreign Ambassadors have either spoken at the House or invite our students to join them at their embassies for receptions and discussions. Under her guidance, a number of Board members have engaged in supporting residents with career advice by participating in networking events and round tables, as well as hosting residents during holidays and other informal opportunities. As a result, we have created an even more diverse and global community of resident scholars at the House and our scholars have benefited from the many various opportunities offered while a part of the ISH-DC family.
Diversifying and strengthening our Board of Directors has also been a significant achievement of Cynthia’s tenure. Under her leadership, our Governance Committee has engaged in a by-laws revision process, as well as engaged with and secured 15 new prominent members of our Board. Cynthia has been a steadfast leader throughout her time in office and her accomplishments will be felt for years to come.
Cynthia, who also happens to be an alumna of the House, has left an indelible mark upon our organization. The Board of Directors, resident scholars, and staff thank her for her leadership, vision, and drive over the past three years and look forward to her continued involvement with International Student House.