Cindy Abbott Letro is committed to strengthening the fabric of our community through volunteerism, philanthropy and leadership.
Ms. Letro is the past chair of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Board of Directors and of its “Carnegie Hall Committee,” which oversaw a successful appearance at the now-defunct Spring For Music festival at Carnegie Hall in 2013. Ms. Letro is a past chair of the Burchfield Penney Art Center. During her chairmanship the Center fulfilled its dream of opening a new $35 million dollar facility on the corner of Rockwell Road and Elmwood Avenue on the campus of Buffalo State College.
In April of 2008, Governors Elliot Spitzer and David Patterson nominated Ms. Letro to the Niagara Frontier State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission, a nomination that was subsequently confirmed by the New York State Senate. She is a member of the Cultural Steering Committee for the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and is a member of Visit Buffalo Niagara, the area’s convention and visitor’s bureau. Ms. Letro is a member of the board of the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo. She chairs the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission and is currently, or has been active, on the boards of, the Theodore Roosevelt National Inaugural Site, the National Federation for Just Communities, Young Audiences of Western New York, the Preservation Coalition of Erie County, Just Buffalo Literary Center, the American Heart Association, and the Advisory Council for the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. She is a graduate of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2000 and the June 2004 Buffalo FBI Citizen’s Academy.
Ms. Letro acts as business manager for her husband’s law firm, Francis M. Letro, Attorneys at Law. She and her husband are supportive of a wide variety of civic projects and cultural organizations. In 2002, the Letros committed $1 million to the law school to establish the Francis M. Letro Courtroom, the first working courtroom in the nation on a university campus where students are able to watch real trials in progress.
In September of 2012, Ms. Letro received the prestigious Red Jacket Award from the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. In March of 2007, she was inducted into the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame. In October of 2006, she received the Community Foundation’s Burt P. Flickinger Jr. Leadership Award and the Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Site’s President’s Award. 2006 was also the year in which Ms. Letro was named as one of Western New York’s “Ten Most Powerful Women.”
Ms. Letro received a B.A. cum laude from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and a M.S. in Communications from The Newhouse School at Syracuse University.