Cindy Asrir, Application for Coordinating Committee

Name – Cindy Asrir

City – Redwood City

County - San Mateo

Contact information –
1) Please list any prior or current positions, related experience, and/or personal and professional skills within of the Green Party that you have, that apply to this position. 
I have been a Green Party member for 13 years—first as a founding member of the Nebraska Green Party in 2000, and then as member of the Green Party of California and San Mateo County Green Party.
As a founding member of the Nebraska Green Party, I worked with a small group of committed activists to put Ralph Nader on the state ballot. That same year, I was elected as a district representative to the state council, and later served as the convener and chair of the Lincoln Green Party.  In 2002, I moved to Omaha to accept the position of Campaign Manager for Doug Paterson, who ran an impressive and effective green congressional campaign for Nebraska’s second district.  We didn’t win, but we had the largest volunteer base in the four-way race, got lots of people interested and involved in politics, and forced the media and the other candidates to pay attention and address our issues.  And we had lots of fun doing it!
While in Nebraska, I also served as Co-Chair of the Nebraska Green Party, helped to start the UNL Campus Greens, and worked as Campaign Coordinator for Steve Larrick, who ran for US Congress in Nebraska’s first district in 2004, a race that was identified as being one of the most important national races that year.  During that time, I also served as a representative to the GPUS Coordinating Committee and the Campaign Coordinating Committee. 
After moving to Silicon Valley in 2009, I have been involved with the San Mateo County Green Party, serving on the County Council since 2010. I have also been active at the state level, serving as both an alternate and regional representative to the GPCA CC since 2010.  
I am very interested in growing our party on a local, county and state level using new and innovative marketing techniques.  To that end, I have started a MeetUp group for our local meetings and am looking at ways to utilize social media and crowd-sourcing to further promote our events and the values of the Green Party.  As a CC rep, I would like to see the state party use these tools to a greater extent. 
Politically, my passions include the environment (reversing climate change, encouraging sustainable energy sources rather than fracking and “dirty” energy, preserving/restoring land and wildlife), species and ecosystem preservation, organic and sustainable food sources, and closing corporate tax loopholes that create vast economic inequality and poverty in this country.
2) Please list any prior or current positions, related experience, and/or personal and professional skills outside of the Green Party that you have, that apply to this position.
For the past 20 years, I have worked in a variety of roles and industries in the Bay Area, Nebraska, New York and Spain, including as a development manager for several nonprofits, a field manager for an environmental nonprofit, a communications manager for the sustainability and social innovation team for a large tech corporation, an English teacher in Spain, and an executive assistant for nonprofits, companies and individuals.  Currently, I work as the major accounts coordinator and executive assistant at a global staffing company in Burlingame. Among my strengths are communication and marketing, creating reports, and utilizing social media. 
I am also a single mother of a wonderful (but time-consuming!) 15-year old daughter named Naomi, a sweet rescue Aussie mix named Zelda, and a road bike that wants to be ridden as much as possible, but too often gets neglected for other responsibilities.   Unfortunately, this limits my time and involvement in the CC, but I would like to be involved and contribute in the capacity that I am able.