By Kia Croom,
Community leaders recently attended an event honoring Dr. Cynthia LeBlanc, a Richmond resident who is the first African American woman to chair the American Cancer Society.
The event was held April 27 at the J.C. Robinson, M.D. Regional Cancer Center at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo. A cancer society volunteer for 24 years, LeBlanc has worked in various capacities at the community, division and national levels. She has served on the society’s California Board of Directors since 1994, including as chair from 2004-2005 and was instrumental in encouraging involving young people in the work of the society.
LeBlanc was also celebrated for over 30 years as an education. She began working for West Contra Costa Unified School District in 2001 as a regional superintendent and became the district’s Chief Academic Officer in 2002. She became interim superintendent in 2005.
Previously, LeBlanc worked as classroom teacher and principal, as well as a coordinator and director at the district level.