Ms. Shapira is president of the David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation, leading the development and implementation of the foundation's philanthropic initiatives. She was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to the Pennsylvania Commission on Women and served on Governor Wolf's Advisory Board on Education and Workforce Development. In 2017, she was honored as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.
A community activist, she serves on the boards of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, the Say Yes to Education Foundation, and Brandeis University in Massachusetts (vice chair of the board of trustees). She is the immediate past chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and past vice chair of the Jewish Federations of North America. She previously chaired the Pennsylvania Center for Women In Politics at Chatham University and has served on the boards of Point Park University, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Pittsburgh Promise, United Way of Allegheny County, and WQED Pittsburgh. She founded the 21 & Able initiative to address the needs of youth with disabilities aging out and was honorary co-chair of Allegheny County 365, an initiative to ensure access to individuals of varying abilities in Allegheny County.
Cindy was executive vice president of Pappas Consulting Group and a management consultant for twenty years, providing strategic management services to education and non-profit institutions. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Wellesley College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Cindy has chaired the board of governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher education since 2016.