Born in Franklin County to parents who instilled in her the importance of education and hard work, Cynthia Ball attended public schools there.  She 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) as Director of Development where she led alumni, public relations and fund raising programs.  She went on to NC State University as Director of External Affairs for one of the Colleges, working with various corporate and individual constituencies and serving as Executive Director of the College’s Foundation.

Pursuing a longtime interest, she trained to become a mediator and is certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission.  She started her own business, Ball Mediation, and for 17 years her clients have included disputants in contractual and business matters, personal injury claims, worker’s compensation claims, and divorce and family mediations.  

In recent years, she has also been an active supporter and volunteer on several political campaigns for City Council, NC State Senate, District Attorney, and various judicial officers and Council of State members. In her first run for public office, Cynthia is committed to applying the knowledge and relationship building experience she has gained to serving her constituents and working for solutions to the many challenges our State faces.

With more than 30 years of skills and experience, managing her business, and working on public policy issues, Cynthia is prepared for leadership in the representative legislative process and responsive service for her constituents.

Cynthia is serving in her second term on the City of Raleigh Civil Service Commission. In supporting organizations like Public Schools First NC and Interact of Wake County, she demonstrates a commitment to addressing the issues of inadequate funding for our public schools and increasing domestic violence in our society.  She has served on several boards and as an advisor to others, including North Carolina Social Justice Project, Wake Up Wake County, Animal Kind, Wake County SPCA, and Artspace.  She and her husband Dr. Dave Aspnes, Distinguished University Professor of Physics at NC State, live in a National Register of Historic Places and Raleigh Historic Landmark midcentury modern home in central Raleigh where Cynthia enjoys working on the landscaping and gardening.  They are proud to tell you about the accomplishments of Dave’s children and grandchildren, including soon-to-be born twin boys.  Cynthia and Dave have been adopted by numerous cats and dogs over the years, and several of them continue to give them much joy.

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