Cindy J. Ryan

As Executive Assistant to the executive and associate director of IFAI, Cindy provides direct administrative support for the program’s internal and external work. With more than two decades of corporate executive and higher education administrative experience, Cindy’s work is vital to the day-to-day support necessary for IFAI subject matter experts to accomplish their goals of serving Indian Country. 

Prior to coming to IFAI, Cindy served three years as the executive assistant to the University of Arkansas’ vice chancellor for economic development. She served nearly two decades to Walmart corporate executives, and in a similar role for the Bentonville (AR) Film Festival before coming to the university. She resides in Farmington, Arkansas with her husband Larry and their nearby four children and two grandchildren.