Attorney Cynthia Inda is proof positive of the power of community colleges to provide a solid educational foundation for students from all walks of life—especially students who are willing to take advantage of the numerous college resources available to them. SBCC professor Joe White once told Ms. Inda, “You’ll never regret your education,” and if she has any regrets at all, attending SBCC certainly is not one of them. Although Ms. Inda was the first in her family to attend college, her belief has always been that education is freedom. The daughter of immigrant parents, Ms. Inda’s journey to success began tentatively. Early on at SBCC, she had no idea what she wanted to do. Intimidated and unsure of her future, she sought assistance from faculty, tutors, counselors, the writing lab and the EOPS program. She applied and was awarded scholarships, enrolled in honors classes, worked diligently and was eventually accepted to Harvard, Yale and Berkeley.
After graduating with a 4.0 G.P.A. from SBCC, she transferred to Harvard, graduated magna cum laude, and from there, moved on to Stanford Law School where she was a Soros New American Fellow (full academic scholarship) and the Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review. Prior to her current position as an attorney for Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer, Ms. Inda was a Prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.