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 Front Lines” 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.

Wiggins 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. Wiggins 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

Cynthia Wiggins’ story is part of Women of Color on the Front Lines, a video series produced by Shelterforce and Community Change. If you’re enjoying this series, please consider becoming a supporter. We can’t do this work without you.

Shelterforce is the only independent, non-academic publication covering the worlds of community development, affordable housing, and neighborhood stabilization.


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