Biography of Cynthia Fain

Photograph of Cynthia Fain – Taken by Suna Lee - 2005

Journeying into the forest, Cynthia Fain met a magical array of intriguing animals, and learned from their great challenges, triumphs and unique wisdom. Hiking on woodland deer trails, communing with ducks at the park, and being charmed by the animals of Ancient Oak wove a web of stories into Cynthia’s life.

After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Government and Politics, she pursued work in animal protection organizations. Ms. Fain worked for Friends of Animals in 1989, at their Washington, D.C. office. Serving as the Assistant to the Legislative Director, she monitored and reported on important legislative activity relating to animal protection issues.

In 1995 she was hired by the American Humane Association. Working out of their Capitol Hill office, she served as an Assistant to the Executive Director. The American Humane Association is dedicated to the protection of animals and children.

Cynthia worked as a Membership Specialist for The Fund for Animals in 2002. The Fund for Animals is one of the nation’s most prominent wildlife protection groups.

Volunteer work included an internship with the Maryland Environmental Trust. This is a state government agency that puts land under conservation easements. Serving as a Conservation Easement monitor, Cynthia was proud to be a part of a state wide effort to perpetually preserve our environmental heritage.

From 1991 through 1995 she served as a member of the Montgomery Village Environmental Committee. While a member of this committee she monitored many environmental and wildlife issues. This committee made recommendations to the Montgomery Village Board of Directors. Participation in rescuing injured wildlife was part of her mission while serving on the Montgomery Village Wildlife Rescue Team.

She served on the Board of Directors of The West Montgomery County Citizen’s Association from 2009 through 2011. This is a civic - environmental organization that strives to protect forests, streams and agricultural areas in the Potomac, MD area.

One of Cynthia’s primary missions is to promote non-violent solutions to living with wildlife.

She is particularly concerned with our constant use of violence to control wildlife populations, such as white tailed deer. She hopes her stories inspire readers to view all creatures as sacred and always turn to non-violence in their attempts to live among other sentient beings.

She is currently working on the sequel to Mystical Animals of Ancient Oak, titled More Stories Along The Golden Path of Nature.

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