Cindy has an innate curiosity and enjoys constantly learning. She is drawn to investigations because she values integrity, impartiality, and fact-finding.
Before joining OIG, Cindy spent several years working on the COVID-19 pandemic response in Santa Clara County, by doing case investigations and leading a team of case investigators. She appreciates the importance of investigations and has extensive writing experience. She previously taught classes at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Virginia.
Cindy enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hiking and nature photography. She has hiked in 27 national parks, including all nine national parks in California. Her photography has won awards and appeared in prints, calendars, and magazines.
“The mountains are calling, and I must go”— John Muir
University of Virginia, PhD
University of Virginia, M.A.
The College of William & Mary, B.A.
OIG announces the selection of Vida Thomas as the firm’s new managing partner. She succeeds Amy Oppenheimer, who will continue as a partner in the firm.
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Vida Thomas will present during the California Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Section 2023 Public Sector Conference in Sacramento.