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Cindy Guerra Robbins

Cindy is an independent board director, corporate advisor, and senior executive with 20+ years of experience counseling CEOs and other senior executives. As President and Chief People Officer of Salesforce until 2019, she designed and oversaw a global workforce that became a model of innovative corporate culture. Cindy is an expert on recruiting and retaining talent, optimizing productivity and employee satisfaction, and building healthy and diverse cultures that facilitate growth. She was instrumental in making Salesforce an equal-pay pioneer, one of the world’s most admired companies, and one of the best places to work.

Cindy joined Salesforce as a recruiting manager in 2006 and rose quickly by working with business units around the world to optimize their hiring and compensation. In 2013, she led a study that motivated CEO Marc Benioff to rebalance gender pay across the company, generating acclaim for Salesforce and positioning Benioff as a visionary role model CEO. Leadership in pay equity and other innovations in Cindy’s People Operations enabled Salesforce to integrate talent successfully through major acquisitions. She helped Salesforce become one of Glassdoor’s Great Places to Work and reach No.1 on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Today, Cindy serves on the boards of Silversmith portfolio companies, ActiveCampaign and Appfire, and Year Up, a non-profit organization that trains diverse young people and pairs them with major companies for internships and jobs. First in her family to graduate from college, she learned from her father, a former farmworker, and her mother, a real estate broker, to be ambitious and seek sponsors she can learn from and, in turn, she can help.


BS in Political Science from Santa Clara University

Senior Advisor