Who Is Cyd McKenna?
A Daughter of Providence
Born in Providence, Cyd is the daughter of the late Len Anderson (a beloved and respected community advocate in South Providence throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s) and Susan Anderson (a former development officer at a number of New England universities and institutions).
This Providence native is a graduate of Hope High school who has a strong track record of building inclusive communities. Cyd is passionate about making city government work for everyone, she wants to represent Ward 13 on the Providence City Council because she believes that an excellent quality of life is not a privilege, but a right for all Ward 13 residents.
An Advocate for the City
Cyd has a strong background in urban planning and public policy. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University, a Masters in City Planning from MIT, and a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She's an avid urbanist with a deep appreciation for historic preservation and well-thought out economic development. And while she has spent the last 20 years working in urban policy and planning, Cyd has also enjoyed the city from a personal perspective as a parent, a city employee, a small business owner, and most recently, as the Chief of Staff for the Providence City Council.
While at the Council, Cyd was a vital advocate for the creation of progressive and sensible legislation with the community in mind. Examples include:
- The Providence Community Police Relations Act
- Increasing enforcement of ATV and dirt bike use on city streets
- Stricter controls for the city’s Board of Licenses
- Regulations to crack down on illegal dog breeding
- Securing funds for neighborhood infrastructure projects, school building, and public safety improvements
- Negotiating fair leases on city buildings to outside investors.
Committed to the Ward
Cyd has always considered Providence home. She bought her house in the 13th Ward in 1999 and returned there in 2014. Cyd has a unique opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and relationships she developed as Chief of Staff with the ideas and philosophies she gained while living in major urban centers like Boston, Raleigh/Durham, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. These combined experiences will allow this city native to vigorously advocate for her neighbors and friends in the collective Ward 13 community as their representative on the Providence City Council.