Cynthia P. Eisenhauer
Board of Trustees

Cynthia Pendleton Eisenhauer completed 34 years in public service in January 2007, most recently as chief of staff for Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and Lt. Governor Sally Pederson. She has served in the Cabinets of both Republican and Democratic governors and worked in state, county and city governments.

Ms. Eisenhauer joined the FAF Board of Trustees in 2009, filling a seat designated for a governmental trustee. She co-chairs the FAF’s Standard-Setting Process Oversight Committee and serves on the Executive and Appointments and Evaluations Committees.

Eisenhauer has earned national awards for innovation, technology, and excellence in public service, including the National Public Administrator of the Year from the National Employers Council, Ford Foundation’s Innovation in Government Award, and Excellence in Public Service from the National Public Employees Roundtable.

Eisenhauer continues to be invited to speak on public service innovation and finance. Most recently, Eisenhauer assisted the City of New Orleans in developing the 2008, 2009, and 2010 budgets using a “budgeting for outcomes” approach and worked with the City of New York Finance Department to transform it into a high-performing government organization. She has guided government reform efforts for the states of Vermont and West Virginia and strategic planning efforts for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Eisenhauer is senior advisor to the Pew Charitable Trust, and in 2008, began a five year term as a Financial Accounting Foundation Trustee.

In 1999, Governor Vilsack appointed her director of the Iowa Department of Management, the chief budget advisor and director of strategic planning and accountability in Iowa government. Eisenhauer has been a long-time champion of government reform. Governing Magazine designated Iowa one of the best-managed states in the nation.

Eisenhauer was appointed director of Iowa Workforce Development in 1990 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to lead the state’s workforce development efforts. Under her leadership, unemployment taxes went down in 1994 and 1995, and benefits went up. Workers’ compensation premium rates went down with Iowa’s benefits among the highest in the nation.

She is recipient of the 1994 IBM Harvard Fellow Award and studied public policy at the Kennedy School of Government. In 1976, she earned a master of public administration degree from Drake University. An adjunct professor at Iowa State and Drake Universities, Eisenhauer was named a 2004 Woman of Influence by the Iowa Business Record.