Cynthia Shih

Global Director, Sustainable Communities
Cynthia Shih, Global Director, Sustainable Communities headshot
Cynthia leads codification, research, and dissemination of insights to support’s work on sustainable communities across different regions of the world.

Cynthia combines conceptual analysis and practical experience to solve problems. She was a consultant at McKinsey & Company from 2014 to 2017, including as a fellow with the Sustainable & Resource Productivity practice in 2016-17, where she focused on clean technologies. She contributed to several McKinsey publications on sustainability, including co-authoring a report on how cities can speed up action on climate. As a consultant, she served clients on subjects such as renewable energy transition, urban economic development, procurement, and transformational change.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Cynthia was a professional recording artist, songwriter and composer who toured Asia, Europe, and North America. She also worked as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow for Facebook, building the organization’s business case for energy efficiency.

Cynthia, a U.S. citizen, holds an MS in natural resources and the environment from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the same university.