Cynthia Coffman’s legal career began 24 years ago in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. As a courtroom attorney, Cynthia defended the state’s juvenile justice system and public health department. She then worked as a lawyer for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta first in Finance & Management Services, and later in risk management. On July 27, 1996, a domestic terrorist detonated pipe bombs in Olympic Park during a celebratory concert. Cynthia acted as the primary liaison with the victims and their families demonstrating her compassion and resolve to fight for justice. In 1997, on a post-Olympics visit to the Rocky Mountains, Cynthia decided to pursue her dream of moving to Colorado. She has been a proud and happy resident of the Centennial State for the last eighteen years.
Cynthia’s first job in Denver was working for the Colorado General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Council. She staffed the Senate Judiciary Committee and assisted with a study of the state’s adult parole system. After a brief time in private practice, Cynthia was recruited by Jane Norton to join her senior management team at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Cynthia served first as the agency’s Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs and later as its Deputy Executive Director. She gained extensive experience with environmental issues related to air and water quality, hazardous waste regulation, and environmental health. On the public health side of the house, Cynthia worked on statewide bioterrorism and emergency planning efforts, disease control and prevention, maternal and child health programs, and hospital and health facility regulation.
In 2004, Cynthia moved to the State Capitol, where she had the honor of serving as Chief Counsel to Colorado Governor. Then, in March of 2005, was appointed Chief Deputy Attorney General. She proudly filled this role for 10 years, acting as chief of staff and chief operating officer for the largest law firm in the State of Colorado. Colorado Law Week recognized Cynthia’s accomplishments by naming her as the Best Public Sector Lawyer in September 2012. In November 2014, Cynthia was elected the 38th Attorney General of Colorado.
A native Missourian, Cynthia graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She worked in development for children’s hospitals and pediatric research for several years before completing law school at Georgia State University in Atlanta.