In her first term in the North Carolina State House, Rep. Cynthia Ball has been actively working for the citizens of North Carolina. Demonstrating her commitment to strengthening public education in North Carolina, she visited every public school in District 49 during the first five months of her term. To help connect with her constituents, she has hosted Town Hall Forums on topics like Non-Partisan Redistricting, The Future of Health Care in NC, and The Impact of the Budget on Public Education. Rep. Ball has sponsored or cosponsored 44 pieces of legislation including one that was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper after passing both the House and Senate unanimously. In recognition of her leadership skills she was elected by her NC House peers to serve as Freshman Democratic Chair. She is one of the first two Freshman Representatives to ever receive the Legislative Excellence Award from the NC Police Benevolent Association, their highest award, and she received the Community Award from Our Youth Matters in recognition for her longtime service to the community.
Rep. Ball’s background prepared her to find common ground and fight for common sense solutions to our State’s biggest problems. Born in Franklin County, her parents instilled in her the importance of education and hard work. She attended public schools and then went on to UNC-Greensboro on a full academic scholarship, graduating with a BA in Psychology, Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After earning an MBA at Virginia Commonwealth University, she later pursued doctoral coursework in Human Resources and Organizational Development at NC State University.
After completing her MBA and working in Marketing Research, she joined William Peace University (formerly Peace College) and then NC State University in roles directing their Development and External Affairs programs. She also served as the Executive Director of one of NC State’s College Foundations.
Pursuing a longtime interest, she trained to become a mediator, certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. She started her own mediation and consulting business, and for 18 years her clients have included disputants in contractual and business matters, personal injury claims, worker’s compensation claims, and divorce and family mediations. Her 30 years of work experience, managing her business, and working on public policy issues has prepared Rep. Ball for the legislative process and being a responsive public servant to her constituents.
Rep. Ball is serving in her second term on the City of Raleigh Civil Service Commission. In supporting organizations like NC Public School Forum, Public Schools First NC, and Interact of Wake County, she demonstrates her commitment to addressing the issues of inadequate funding for our public schools and domestic violence in our society. She also stands with those who work to protect our environment through organizations like NC League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club. She has served on several boards and as an advisor to others, including WakeUp Wake County, AnimalKind, Wake County SPCA, and Artspace.
Rep. Ball and her husband Dr. David Aspnes, Distinguished University Professor of Physics at NC State, live in a National Register of Historic Places and Raleigh Historic Landmark mid-century modern home in central Raleigh where she enjoys working on the landscaping and gardening and continuing to find furnishings from the mid-century period of architecture. They are proud to tell you about the accomplishments of their children and grandchildren. Numerous cats and dogs have adopted them over the years and continue to give them much joy.