Cynthia R. Savo, M.A. is responsible for SDP communications and contributes to the organization's customized professional development activities with PreK-12 educators. As the communications director she develops content for the SDP website, the SDP Newsline, and YouTube and Facebook pages.
She rejoined the SDP staff in 2007 after ten years as the principal of Cynergy Associates, LLC, a communications and organizational development consulting practice that served foundations, school districts, national education reform organizations, and other nonprofits.
For nine years she consulted to the Rockefeller Foundation's Working Communities program, providing the officers with analyses of grantee networks and program impact; research to inform grant making; and technical assistance on strategic communications. In 2001 she co-designed and managed Leveraging Change: The Comer School Development Program, a national symposium in Washington, DC,that brought together Rockefeller Foundation grantees to examine lessons learned from the foundation’s 10-year investment in the School Development Program. She served as a producer for Through the Schoolhouse Door, a documentary about the School Development’s work in Brooklyn, New York, Guilford County, North Carolina, and Dade County, Florida, that premiered at the Leveraging Change symposium.
In 1990 she joined the School Development Program staff and as the communications and dissemination manager, she used emerging technologies to link the SDP to its national network of school, districts, and universities. She launched and edited the SDP Newsline; designed the SDP’s first website; served as a producer on For Children’s Sake: The Comer School Development Program and co-authored the accompanying Discussion Leader’s Guide.
She worked with Dr. Edward T. Joyner on the development of the national leadership academies and the creation of the Patrick Francis Daly Memorial Awards for Excellence in Educational Leadership. She was a member of the design and technology teams of the ATLAS Communities Project that brought together Harvard Project Zero, the Coalition of Essential Schools, the Education Development Center, and the School Development Program to design a "break the mold" education model.
She was a school counselor at the Center for Vocational Arts (now the Briggs Center), a small, alternative high school in Norwalk, Connecticut and oversaw youth employment programming for the Town of Fairfield. She was a grant writer for the New Haven Public Schools and served on the superintendent’s cabinet.
Savo was a founder and publisher of the New Haven Independent, an award-winning community newspaper, and was an aide to former Congressman Bruce A. Morrison.
She has a B.S. in psychology from Georgetown University and an M.A. in counseling and community services from Fairfield University.
Cynthia R. Savo, MA
Comer School Development Program
230 South Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06520