Dr. Cindy Banyai is the Chief Operations Officer of Around the Clock Caring, a new nonprofit organization that focuses on transitional housing, employment mentoring, and network development for homeless families.
She is originally from the Detroit area, but settled in Southwest Florida to start her family in 2008. Raising young children in Lee County fostered her commitment to the community and sparked her participation in local groups such as BikeWalkLee and the Greater Fort Myers Area Michigan State University Alumni Club.
Dr. Banyai has worked in the field of community development since 2000, including 2 years with Michigan State University Community Outreach, 7 years as a development consultant (clients such as the Japanese government and IREX). She received her Master’s and Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan where her research focused on community development, public administration, evaluation, participatory methods, and governance.
Her works have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Rural Society and Asia Pacific World. She also edited and contributed to the books The Public Administration Handbook of Japan and Global Movements of the Asia Pacific. Dr. Banyai's first solo book, Community Capacity and Development - New Approaches to Governance and Evaluation, was published in 2011.