Cynthia Wiggins—A Community Leader in New Orleans

Cynthia Wiggins was introduced to housing organizing earlier on in life and has been ceaseless in her efforts to help her community.

Our “Women of Color on the Frontlines” video series has profiled some phenomenal women who are fighting for real change in communities like Detroit; Tacoma, Washington; and Santa Ana, California. We conclude our series in New Orleans.

This is Cynthia Wiggins, president of the Guste Homes Resident Management Corporation and the National Association for Resident Management Corporations.

Cynthia was introduced to her line of work earlier on in life, and for the last 30 years, she has been relentless in her efforts to help her community. She made a conscious decision to stay in the community she fights for daily so she sees its challenges first-hand. Cynthia walks out the words of our recently departed bell hooks: “What we do is more important than what we say or what we say we believe.”

Take a moment to see life as Cynthia Wiggins sees it. Her story is just one of several in our collection featuring women of color who play a huge role in the transformation of communities across this country. If you know of a woman who should be featured, please contact us at articles@shelterforce.org.


Cynthia Wiggin’s story is part of Women of Color on the Frontlines, a video series produced by Shelterforce and Community Change. If you’re enjoying this series, please consider becoming a supporter.

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Schlonn Hawkins is CEO/publisher of Shelterforce. She has more than 15 years of experience in publicity, media training, community relations, and strategic planning.

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