Every day Dr. Cynthia Mendoza is grateful to be part of something bigger than herself. She learned the notion of unselfish commitment at the knee of her mother who was a longtime educator and former principal of Carlos Coon Elementary School. Working in the intelligence community, Mendoza and her colleagues are tasked with keeping our country safe. She believes the foundation for all the skills she needed to be successful came from her time in Northside and from her parents.
Mendoza attended Sunset Hills Elementary School which is now called Locke Hill Elementary School, Neff Middle School, and Holmes High School. During these years, she learned about perseverance, social skills, leadership, and a sense of community. Along with a rigorous academic course schedule, she was a member of the bowling team, the symphonic band, and was a member of Mu Alpha Theta and Student Council.
One of her fondest memories was a two year stint as the twirler for the marching band. She said standing on the field, performing, and sharing those moments with her classmates and the community were some of the most special moments of her high school career. The combination of demanding class schedules and extracurricular activities gave her a sense of purpose and confidence she carried with her long after she left Holmes High School.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. Today she is the Director of Architecture & Integration Division, IC, CIO, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.