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Vice President, Marketing and Development, Sunoco, Inc.

Cynthia joined Sunoco in January 2001 and is responsible for marketing and development within the Retail Business Unit of Sunoco. Among her responsibilities are brand marketing, APlus convenience store merchandising and franchise program development, engineering, construction and facilities maintenance, and environmental protection and remediation.

Prior to joining Sunoco, Cynthia was Sr. Vice President of Operations at Williams-Sonoma, a national, multi-channel specialty retailer based in San Francisco, California. There she was responsible for all operational aspects of Williams-Sonoma’s Direct-to-Customer business for the Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn brands. From 1980 – 1999, Cynthia held a variety of operating, marketing and general management positions at Consolidated Rail Corporation. In 1995, Cynthia joined Conrail’s Executive Team as Sr. Vice President of the Intermodal Service Group, one of Conrail’s four major business units.

Cynthia is a member of the Board of Directors of Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College located in Bryn Mawr, PA. and the Board of Trustees of the Shipley School, also in Bryn Mawr. Until its sale to PNC in 2007, Cynthia was a director of Mercantile Bankshares Corporation, a bank holding company based in Baltimore, Maryland, where she also chaired Mercantile’s Audit Committee.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.



Vice Dean of the Wharton Undergraduate Division, David B. Ford Professor of Real Estate, and Professor of Legal Studies and Law at the University of Pennsylvania


 Elected to the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees in 2008 and serves as Trustee Liaison to Graduate Students. Prior to joining the Penn faculty she was in private law practice in New York and Philadelphia. She lectures internationally on topics in commercial real estate and urban planning. Gigi is a contributing editor of the Real Estate Law Journal and a member of the editorial board of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer. She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Gigi received her JD in 1985 from Harvard and her BA in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from Bryn Mawr. 



Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

Jessie Lee Washington, ’90 has served the United States Department of Defense and Intelligence Community as a management consultant for nearly ten years. She is currently a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton based in Northern Virginia. Prior to that, she worked for SRA International and Accenture National Security Services.

While at Bryn Mawr, Ms. Washington washed dishes in the dining facility of Erdman Hall, drove vans and busses for the Campus Transportation department, and spent a summer leading a team of student painters with the Facilities Department – painting campus dorm rooms and academic buildings. When she was not working, she majored in the History of Art and was involved with several campus groups such as the Bi-college Newspaper, The Women’s Center, and Perry House.

After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Ms. Washington spent a brief time as a staff auditor with Ernst & Young and as the operations manager of an Embassy Suites Hotel in Philadelphia. She also spent ten years in the non-profit sector where she worked at WHYY in Philadelphia and at Princeton University in a variety of capacities. All of her jobs have been focused on technology and she credits her time at Bryn Mawr -- working for the computer center -- as central to obtaining skills that she has leveraged throughout her career. Outside of work, Ms. Washington served as a Disaster Team Leader with the American Red Cross for four years, a Civil Affairs Specialist in the United States Army Reserve for four years and as the Unitarian Universalist Chaplain at Princeton University for two years.

Given her interest in non-profits, Ms. Washington earned a Master’s degree in Arts/Non-profit Administration from Drexel University in 1993 and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College in 1997. She is currently pursuing a part-time Master’s of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC and is an active leader with the National Organization for Women. She resides in DC with her partner Teresa and their therapy dog – Abigail.


Bio upcoming.