Member Biography

Cindi Wight

Cindi Wight has led the City of Burlington’s Recreation, Parks and Waterfront Department since October 2017. Burlington is the largest City in Vermont and is situated alongside Lake Champlain, providing some of the best sunsets in the USA. The department oversees cemeteries, urban trees, a campground, two marinas, parks, community gardens, community centers and a wide variety of recreation programs. Prior to working in Burlington, Cindi worked for the City of Rutland, VT for 16 years. Cindi started her professional career as the first Recreation Director for San Juan Island Park and Recreation District off the coast of Washington State. The opportunity on San Juan Island shaped her career and set the stage for Cindi’s desire to be a caring and committed professional. Cindi is passionate about the field of parks and recreation and enjoys “paying it forward” to support others.

Cindi is an active member of the American Parks and Recreation Foundation, a non-profit supporting the AAPRA. She has served on the Membership and Extern committees and was a member of the JEDI Task Force.

Cindi supported NRPA through the Awards Committee, Hall of Fame Committee, serving as a SMS Regent, CRPE committee, CAPRA visitor and on the CAPRA training committee. Locally, Cindi served for ten years with her state association, including a term as president and was an active member for twelve years as the VT representative for the Northern New England Recreation and Park Conference.

Cindi holds a Master of Recreation and Parks Management degree, from North Carolina State University and is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bates College. She is a graduate of the Revenue and Management School and the Director’s School. She is also a past recipient of the VRPA Theresa Brungardt Distinguished Professional Award and the New England Joseph Trapasso Programming Award. [updated 5-2023]