Cynthia Baker Burns

Cynthia (Cindy) is from Belmont, Mass., and Tiverton, Rhode Island. She relocated to London 16 years ago and joined Seeds of Peace UK in 2010, inspired by hearing Seeds talk at local events.

Before moving to London Cynthia worked in many capacities from teaching special education in the Boston Public Schools to owning and running Provender Fine Foods to managing national conferences for The Picker Institute in Boston. She has also served on numerous charitable boards including The Audubon Society of Rhode Island, The United Way of Rhode Island where she was co-chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of Rhode Island, The Rhode Island Hospital Board, and most recently she served on the National Campaign Board for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centers in the UK.

She is married to J. Scott Burns, managing partner of Brown Rudnick, London. They have two married daughters, one in Rhode Island and one in Abu Dhabi, as well as three grandchildren.

Cynthia received her B.A. from Hollins College and an M.Ed. from Boston College/Perkins School for The Blind and attended graduate school in biomedical ethics at Brown University. She currently interviews UK-based applicants for Brown University.

“Wars have been headlines since my oldest grandchild was born—that was 11 years ago. I cannot stand to watch a generation growing up thinking war is a normal event. I find that Seeds of Peace is a potential antidote to war. My generation has all but destroyed hope; maybe through Seeds it can help rebuild that hope.”