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Cynthia Douglass is the Utah Business Development Manager for the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Washington, D.C.  She also teaches English as a second language at the University of Utah.  Ms. Douglass is passionate about the Middle East, having been raised in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. She graduated from Georgetown with a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Certificate of Arab Studies, and is currently a Master’s degree candidate in International Relations and Conflict Resolution.

Ms. Douglass has over 20 years experience in the field of business development, music and education, and has developed training curriculums and workshops, written and produced articles, newsletters, brochures, and websites.  She has presented nationally on topics including Women Doing Business in the Middle East; Calligraphy of the Middle East; and Middle Eastern rhythms.

She is Advisor to the Board and former Director of Communications for The Zahra Charity, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to premium neuro-rehabilitation services for patients in Morocco suffering from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and children with pre- and post-birth neurological conditions.  Ms. Douglass is also a Board member for Women Empowerment Global Outreach, whose mission is to encourage, train, educate and empower disadvantaged women. WEGO just completed a program of entrepreneurship, poise and presentation skills for women in Armenia.

Ms. Douglass is former Director of Outreach for the Middle East Center (MEC), University of Utah, where she directed, organized, and maintained an Outreach Program, consisting of year-long seminars for K-12 educators, film series, lecture series, ambassador series, school presentations, and management of an educational resource center  She also directed and assisted with development activities, writing grant proposals, managing 50th anniversary events, cultivating new donors, and meeting with foundations and the MEC Board of Advisors

Extensive knowledge of desktop technologies includes: Pagemaker, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Photoshop Elements, Pages, Word, Word Perfect, Microsoft Office, IWeb, Quicken, ProTools, FileMaker Pro, Netscape, Netscape Communicator, Safari, iWeb, Quicken, ProTools, DreamWeaver. Websites designed by Cynthia include: Ecowang, Karisa Jewelry, Waking Erin, Cynthia Douglass, and Young Tile Company (under construction).

Professional recommendations and endorsements are listed below Cynthia's Professional Experience.


Professional Experience:


National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce
Business Development Manager
Salt Lake City, UT

The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), established over 40 years ago, is America's longest serving organization dedicated to U.S.-Arab business. NUSACC is widely regarded as the voice of American business in the Arab world and the premier portal to the United States and Arab commercial enterprises. NUSACC serves the 22 Arab Countries on a national scale, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Salt Lake City, and Washington, DC.

  • Develops trade relations between Utah businesses and partners in the Arab world.
  • Provides business development expertise for the MENA region to local businesses and organizations.
  • Organizes and directs conferences, seminars, and business activities that promote trade and economic relationships between Utah and the MENA countries.
Middle East Center, University of Utah
Director of Outreach & Community Affairs
Salt Lake City, UT

Reporting to the Associate Director and Director of the Middle East Center, direct the Outreach Program, perform development officer duties, and manage community relations.

  • Direct, organize, and maintain Outreach Program, consisting of year-long seminar for K-12 educators, film series, lecture series, ambassador series, school presentations, resource center.
  • Assess program effectiveness and adjust curriculum for improvements.
  • Direct or assist with development activities, write grant proposals, manage 50th anniversary events, cultivate new donors, meet with foundations and Board of Advisors.
  • Manage and initiate community and educator involvement; collaborate with university partners and community.

Middle East Center, University of Utah
Project Coordinator
Salt Lake City, UT


Reporting to the Associate Director of the Middle East Center, assist the Director of Development and Outreach in all Outreach activities, and manage the K-12 Outreach Program.

  • Plan and present teacher training programs on topics and teaching strategies pertaining to the Middle East.
  • Presented three-day training program, June 2010. Created curriculum, collaborated with staff and instructors, taught core and specialty classes, managed operations, synthesized program core values in class offerings.
  • Promote alternative technologies for educational purposes: Second Life educational applications, Slide Rocket.
  • Develop information materials about the Middle East for dissemination to education, media, and business, sectors.
  • Design and edit Middle East Center publications, newsletters, magazines, brochures, and other collateral.


Celestial Sounds
Salt Lake City, UT
1986 - present


Manage the public relations and marketing function for the Salt Lake office of a recording company, and coordinate all public relations, advertising, integrated marketing, special events, and public affairs.

    • Design and conceive all marketing collateral, web site construction, and graphics.
    • Target outreach to varying groups with appropriate materials for each audience.
    • Present lectures and workshops at international festivals and conferences.
    • Ensure quality customer service with solicited feedback and quick response.
    • Create and publish training curriculum that effectively meets different learning styles.
    • Support all focused communication pieces.
    • Implement product development specific to targeted markets.


Salt Lake Arts Academy
Graphic Artist & Editor
Salt Lake City, UT

Coordinate and manage lay-out of school newsletter, edit submitted articles, and handle artistic design of photographs, graphics, and pictures.

    • Manage every aspect of printed materials including invoice and expenses.


The Redmont School
Graphic Artist & Editor
Birmingham, AL

Edited, designed, and laid out an annual yearbook of 95 pages, replete with pictures, graphics, and rich content.

    • Managed a team of 5 people, leading weekly meetings, tracking multiple projects, and ensuring timely completion.


Shaevitz & Associates
Office Manager
La Jolla, CA

Managed office for several psychologists and MFCC specialists and computerized all front-office functions, which led to a highly streamlined system.

    • Edited the non-fiction book, The Superwoman Syndrome, by Marjorie Shaevitz.


The White House
Records Analyst
Washington, DC


Read President Carter’s mail daily.

    • Classified incoming mail and routed to the appropriate department.
    • Helped compile list of “More Important” mail, to be hand delivered to the President daily.



American Military University, Charlestown, WV

  • Current Master's Degree student in International Relations and Conflict Resolution, expected graduation October 2012

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC  

  • Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, w/major in International Economics
  • Certificate in Arab Studies (equivalent to a minor)

Oberlin College and Conservatory
Oberlin, OH

  • 2 years double major in Mathematics and Music Performance

Languages: English, Arabic, French


Professional Organizations

Member, presenter:

  • Utah Non-Profit Association
  • International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen
  • Scottish Harp Society of America


    Community Service

    • Board member, Women Empowerment Global Outreach
    • Advisor to the Board & Director of Communications, Zahra Charity
      • Write grant proposals for Zahra Charity, whose mission is to build a neuro-rehabilitation hospital in Morocco;
      • 2011 grant proposal resulted in $20k award by Sorenson Legacy Foundation
      • Meet with and cultivate potential donors, collaborators, and partners.
      • Plan, manage and organize fund-raising events.
    • Board member and trainer, Ruth & Naomi Senior Outreach, Birmingham, AL 2005-06



    Highlight of Project Experience

    • Workshop binders for Middle East Center Outreach Program teacher training programs
    • Salt Lake Arts Academy
    • Jan Pennington Grey Harp Camp
    • Redmont School
    • World Disc Records
    • Artwork for eleven recording projects, related marketing collateral



    Endorsements of Cynthia's work

    • Barbara Petzen, Middle East Outreach Council

      "Cynthia Douglass brings to bear deep knowledge of our field, enormous energy and passion, and finely honed organizational and collaborative skills. This combination of skills makes her among the best outreach providers and administrators in the country. I look forward very much to working further with her in whatever undertaking she is involved with next, since I can be confident that her competence and energy will make it a success." May 19, 2011


    • Younes Mourchid, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Global Studies, Cogswell College
      • "It has been a pleasure to work with Cynthia on outreach activities related to the Middle East. Cynthia has shown a good understanding of the Middle East cultures and politics and strove to avail k-12 school teachers in the State of Utah of such needed understanding as Director of Outreach and Community Affairs at University of Utah Middle east Center. Cynthia's passion and concern for gender disparities and woman's rights in developing countries is evident in her involvement and support for the creation of an NGO, WEGO, whose mission is to empower Middle Eastern women through custom designed training programs. May 4, 2011


    • Mohammed Sbia, Co-Founder and CEO, The Zahra Charity, Inc
      • “It is my pleasure to recommend Mrs. Cynthia Douglas for the job she is seeking in your company/institution. I have known Cynthia for almost one year. She worked at the Middle East Center; part of the University of Utah where I worked as a faculty and researcher until late 2007. During the past year, I worked with Cynthia on a workshop project intended to educate our community on the importance of non-profit sector in bringing communities together for the better of everyone. I also had a chance to see her during meetings with foreign dignitaries visiting the State of Utah. I saw first hand how she is very diligent and prompt in her communication. She always treats all matters and subjects with professionalism and precision. Cynthia is very courteous and extremely helpful. She would make an excellent colleague and a productive/reliable member of your team. I strongly support her for the job she is seeking, without reservation. Please feel free to call me with any question you may have. Sincerely, Mohammed Sbia, Ph.D 801-808-4563” April 27, 2011
    • Tamee Roberts, Project Manager, Utah Fund of Funds
      • “Ms. Douglass and I worked together as the Utah Fund of Funds expanded investments into Israel. Her expertise, network and assistance were invaluable for both my efforts and the state's interests in this region. I have since come to know her on a personal level and count her among the more intelligent people I know. She is innovative, thoughtful, thorough and detail oriented. She is organized and motivated. Cynthia would be an asset to any corporation and in the case she lands a job she loves, I envy the organization who hires her before I can get her on board with my projects.” April 14, 2011
    • Sabrina Sieger, Events Coordinator, Middle East Center- University of Utah
      • “Cynthia was great to work with. She is professional, detail orientated and highly organized. She possesses many great skills and is dedicated to her work. She handles stress well and had I the opportunity to work with her again I would.” March 17, 2011