Cynthia is retired following her 43-year career. She was a Clinical Professor of Finance at DePaul University and the Executive Director of the Fred Arditti Center for Risk Management from 2014 – 2021 Prior to 2014 she had 36 years of diverse and substantive experience in the insurance industry, including 13 years at Munich American Re, seven years on staff at the Society of Actuaries, and six years at Health Care Service Corporation.
She currently serves on several Society of Actuaries committees including the Individual Life Experience Committee, the Valuation Basic Table Team, the Committee on Living to 100 Research Symposia, the Reinsurance Section Research Team, the Committee on Life Insurance Research, the Research Communications Oversight Group, and several subgroups of these committees.
She chairs the Committee on Knowledge Extension Research and is the vice-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is also the president of the Chicago Actuarial Association. She was recognized for a decade of leadership in Society of Actuaries research initiatives with an Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2011.
Cynthia’s research interests and expertise include mortality risk, longevity risk, and extreme event risk. Some of her published research is under her former name, Thomas P. Edwalds. She holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.