P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Cynthia Inda, 2003

Deputy County Counsel, County of Orange

Cynthia Inda is the child of immigrants from Mexico

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Stanford University

CYNTHIA INDA is a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Orange.

Cynthia was born in 1979 to Mexican immigrant parents in Santa Barbara, California, and is the first in her family to pursue education beyond high school.

Cynthia first attended community college in her hometown, where she earned an AA degree with a 4.0 grade point average, and was selected to the USA Today All American Two Year College Academic 1st Team. She transferred to Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in 1999. Cynthia graduated from Stanford Law School in 2005.

After college, Cynthia worked as a high school teacher in a maximum-security prison for juvenile offenders. In the fall of 2000, she began a nine-month leadership training program as one of eleven Coro fellows in public affairs in Los Angeles. She then returned to her hometown where she worked as a victim advocate in the office of the district attorney. Cynthia was selected as executive editor of the Stanford Law Review. She was an associate at O'Melveny & Meyers in Los Angeles, served as a Deputy District Attorney in the District Attorney Office in Los Angeles and is now an attorney in Los Angeles. Cynthia hopes her law training will prepare her for a career in criminal justice.


  • JD Law | Stanford University 2005
  • BA Government | Harvard University 1999
  • AA Liberal Studies | Santa Barbara City College 1996
Work History
  • County of Orange, Deputy County Counsel
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