Cynthia Gamboa is a program officer in the SportsUnited Division within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Office of Citizen Exchanges. uses her athletic background to leverage sports diplomacy as to promote U.S. foreign policy.
Gamboa, a member of the George Washington University women’s soccer team from 2007-2010, head coach for a local girl’s U-11 soccer team, and clinician/coach for U9-U12 Girls Academy, joined the State Department in 2011.
Within SportsUnited, Cynthia develops and implements people-to-people exchanges which use sports to build relationships between Americans and people around the world. These exchanges are made possible in places where traditional diplomacy is often difficult and enables the Department to connect with underserved populations including youth, women, girls, and people with disabilities.
Cynthia has overseen more than a dozen sports grants, monitoring and managing the programs and communicating with the NGO grantees. She also coordinates all Department tasker responses and Department blogs, leads the annual budget exercises, and communicates regularly with overseas posts throughout the year. She is the key player in drafting the office’s outgoing cable for the missions oversees and facilitates internal meetings and regional bureau discussions. On top of all that, Cynthia also helps analyze and review the nearly 100 grant proposals the office receives each year.
Most recently, Cynthia played a major role in the successful execution of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour event at the State Department on April 14, 2014 which included appearances by Secretary Kerry, Vice President Biden, and Brazilian Ambassador Mauro Vieira.
Cynthia is dedicated to the amplification of sports diplomacy and continues to commit herself to the development of sports as a tool for social change, youth empowerment, and fostering positive U.S. relations with people around the world.