Cyndi Walter has 20 years of experience directing statewide programs designed to advance evidence-based obesity prevention strategies and promising practices. She has overseen high-profile grants that have resulted in public policy strides at both the state and local levels.
She currently oversees the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) Community Transformation Grant-funded efforts to work in partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to decrease access to sugary beverages in rural counties throughout the state with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
She oversaw CDPH’s CDC-funded efforts through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to decrease access to sugar-sweetened beverages in California’s heartland – the San Joaquin Valley. Additionally, she oversaw the school sector training and technical assistance program for Building Healthy Communities, Healthy Eating, Active Communities, and the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program grantees seeking to advance school policy that improved the nutrition and physical activity environments for students across the state through multiple grants from The California Endowment.
Walter has overseen award-winning marketing and media efforts. She was selected as one of 10 nationwide to serve as a social marketing specialist providing training and technical assistance on behalf of the National Training Collaborative for Social Marketing, a joint effort of the CDC and University of South Florida.