Cynthia Goodwin, MSW, has served as the Director for the Department of Youth and Family Services (YFS) since 2002. Prior to working with the City, Ms. Goodwin worked in non-profit organizations focusing on residential and milieu treatment (1987- 1995) and community-based treatment and prevention (1995- 2002). Her professional background includes evidence based community social work and organization administration. At YFS, Ms. Goodwin’s focus has been working to address current and emerging needs of the local community within the framework of evidenced-based and trauma-informed treatment strategies.
Bachelor of Arts, The Evergreen State College
Masters of Social Work, Arizona State University
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Eastside Human Services Work Group
Washington State Children’s Alliance
King County Youth and Family Services Consortium
What do you enjoy most about leading your department?
I enjoy working with the committed and dedicated department staff. I enjoy facilitating our on-going focus on service provision that reflects community need and composition with a seasoned staff providing high quality services within a positive work environment.
What do you enjoy most about working for the City of Mercer Island?
The excellent teamwork, collaboration, and synergy among the various City Departments is most enjoyable and creates a genuinely positive work and supportive environment. As a full-service municipal corporation, the City of Mercer Island is comprised of approximately 200 full-time employees spread across over 10 different departments to collectively deliver essential and extraordinary programs and services to residents and visitors alike. The City’s employees are dedicated and caring, and together we strive to leverage limited resources in order to maintain Mercer Island’s reputation as a desirable community in which to live, work and play.
She also actively enjoys working with engaged citizens who care deeply about their community. She particularly enjoys working with parents and youth to develop strategies to improve youth well-being.
Address & Contact Information
Luther Burbank Admin Building
2040 84th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 275-7749