Cyndy Comerford

Day job: Environmental Health Planning and Fiscal Policy Manager for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Environmental Health

She holds a Master’s Degree in Resource Management and Environmental Planning and has comprehensive experience planning and developing public health programs to incorporate public health considerations into federal, state and local planning decisions. She directs the planning and fiscal functions of the Environmental Health Section and also facilitates the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Urban Health and Place Team which develops research and expertise to assess environmental conditions and respond to urban health inequities.

Cynthia is currently managing a CDC funded project to develop public health capacity and adaptations to reduce human health effects of climate change. Her current research includes the development of an index to assess pedestrian environmental quality, understanding how green building design can improve health outcomes and developing indoor air quality policy.

Past work includes:

  • The design of an evidence based healthy development measurement tool which is used to assess the health impacts of urban planning;
  • Directing the Treasure Island Community Transportation Plan which promoted physical activity in community design;
  • The development of a Retail Food Availability Survey to assess neighborhood food security; and the creation of a geographic sound propagation model to be used for emergency response planning.

Cynthia serves on several City advisory committees and currently represents the San Francisco Department of Public Health on the Municipal Green Building Task Force.