Cynthia Knapek, president of the Leadership Louisville Center

Cynthia Knapek, president, Leadership Louisville Center

Cynthia Knapek (BF ’09, LN ’06) has been an active civic leader in Louisville for 20 years.  In 2012, she was named President of the Leadership Louisville Center, only the fifth director the organization has had since its founding in 1979.

Before joining Leadership Louisville, she was Executive Director of Brightside, an innovative public private partnership that works to build civic pride in the community and keep Louisville clean and green. Cynthia was named to Business First’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40 in 2001 and received the Citizen Laureate award in 2013 from the Younger Women’s Club. Cynthia was a founding member and the first President the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL).  She is a graduate of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2009 and of Leadership Network in 2006.

Cynthia is active in several community organizations and serves on the boards of Greater Louisville Inc., Metro Parks Foundation and the advisory board for the Young Professionals Association of Louisville.  She’s also served on the boards of the University of Louisville Alumni Association, the Mayor’s Commission on Public Art and the Catholic Education Foundation.

She has a Master’s degree from the University of Louisville.  Cynthia married her college sweetheart Mark and they have two boys.