Cynthia A. Schwartz joined the administrative staff of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in 1980, and was appointed Executive Director of the Office of Corporate Projects and Initiatives in 2000. She previously served as Executive Director, Special Projects & Community Outreach (1997-1999), Vice President, Government Affairs (1994-1997), Executive Assistant to the Director, Special Projects (1984-1994), and Administrative Assistant, Executive Office (1980-1984). Ms. Schwartz’s primary responsibilities include serving as RPCI's administrative liaison to the Western New York STAR Center, a collaboration of RPCI, the University at Buffalo and Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute and liaison to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus; and member of select senior faculty/administrative committees, RPCI advisory boards, and regional economic development groups.
Ms. Schwartz also served as RPCI manager of the Medical Inn development project. Ms. Schwartz was actively involved in the various legislative initiatives that led to the funding of the Major Modernization program in 1992 and the governance legislation of 1998 that created the RPCI Public Benefit Corporation She was also a member of the RPCI Major Modernization Core Committee governing the $241 million construction program and co-chaired the RPCI Centennial Committee, a year-long celebration including a major national symposium, as well as employee and public events.
Ms. Schwartz currently serves on the Board of Directors for the City of Buffalo Planning Board; Buffalo Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation, City of Buffalo Environmental Management Commission; the RPCI Child Learning Center and Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. She is a member of the Leadership Buffalo class of 1997 and a founding member and former President of Working for Downtown. Ms. Schwartz has received the following awards and honors: Joan K. Bozer Distinguished Service Award, Working for Downtown (1998), Athena Award nominee (1997), Community Hero, Olympic Torch Bearer Relay (1996), Council for International Visitors - Host of the Year (1995), Who’s Who in Healthcare (1995), Who’s Who in the East (1994), Buffalo Friends of Olmsted Parks Creative Leadership Award (1982), and Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Service Recognition (1979).