Cynthia Bater is the senior director for partner engagement at the Linked Learning Alliance. With more than a decade of experience leading Long Beach, California’s communitywide Linked Learning efforts, Cynthia brings a deep understanding of how to transform the high school education experience, advance education and workforce systems change, and engage partners across K–12, postsecondary, and industry to advance a shared vision for student success.
As senior director for partner engagement, Cynthia leads the Alliance’s efforts to scale the Linked Learning approach. She develops high-impact, systemic partnerships that work to identify and advance shared solutions that build local capacity to act; drive public awareness of the positive impact of high-quality college and career pathways; and connect local and regional Linked Learning efforts to drive enabling policies and funding at the local, state, and federal levels.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Cynthia was the Long Beach Unified School District’s (LBUSD) Program Administrator for Linked Learning, a position she held since 2015, after previously serving in a key role supporting the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools and as the Dean of Students at the California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS). At LBUSD, Cynthia managed Linked Learning as a district-wide strategy and oversaw implementation to ensure quality pathway experiences for all students. A collaborative leader, Cynthia worked closely with partners representing institutions in the Long Beach College Promise, with industry representatives to expand work-based learning opportunities for students, and served as the project manager for the Advancing Linked Learning Innovation Network (aLLin), a regional Linked Learning Hub of Excellence.
Cynthia started her career in education as a Life Science teacher in Los Angeles, California. She earned her master’s in education administration from Concordia University and her bachelor’s degree in biology/psychology from Fordham University.
A nationally recognized athlete, Cynthia was a member of the United States National Rowing Team for three years, and later coached the women’s rowing team at the University of Southern California. She currently lives in Long Beach with her husband and two children.