Cynthia Plouché

Agent for Positive Sustainable Change
"The sidelines are not where you want to live your life. The world needs you in the arena."
Tim Cook


With more than 25 years of experience as a fixed-income portfolio manager and financial executive who possesses significant expertise in the financial and operational oversight of for-profit, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations, I currently serve as a board member of the Northern Institutional Funds and Northern Funds, where I am chair of the Funds’ governance committees; I also serve as an independent director of MassMutual Mutual Funds.

Facilitator of Opportunities

Elected in 2021 to vice-chair of the Independent Directors Council, I am also a member of the Investment Company Institute Board of Governors. In addition, as a lifelong learner who continues to pursue meaningful learning and involvement opportunities concerning educational access and the impact of belonging and inclusion on the success of students and young adults, I am board president for the Chicago High School for the Arts.

Collaborative Leader

I recently established The Alzenia Project, a not-for-profit (NFP) resource whose goal is to leverage the impact of other NFPs committed to helping young women of color to achieve personal and professional growth. I am also board chair of  The Village, a new social venture designed to expand access to out-of-school education for K-12 children.

I co-founded and advise Black & Crimson Passport to Boards, Inc increasing board placement for Black and Latino Harvard alumni.

Throughout my participation in all the above, I bring a solid commitment to and knowledge of the importance of non-financial factors to both the corporate and education arenas.

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