Cinder Hypki brings 22 years of experience in youth and community development work with over 60 stakeholder groups in revitalization and social change:

non profits | youth serving organizations | community groups | charitable foundations
| public agencies

Hypki Consulting provides support, assessment, planning, coaching, staff development, brainstorming,
facilitation, problem solving, community art, and the creative design of experiences that move groups toward accomplishing their goals.

We specialize in innovative methods to help groups and individuals leverage their strengths, identify partners
and stakeholders, and sustain their work.


Cinder Hypki’s years of administrative management experience in the non-profit sector underlie her motivation
to bring creativity and innovation to organizational and community development work. She has worked with
some 60 organizations in the past 22 years, providing the tools and identifying the strategies to manage change, improve communication, weather transitions and become more effective in achieving their outcomes. Cinder collaborates with clients to define their needs, strengths and challenges and to identify the stakeholders and partners with the resources and drive to help achieve a vision for change.

A practicing community artist, Cinder has facilitated over 20 community projects with youth and adults to help accomplish community or organizational goals and individual’s growth as agents of change. She is a fluent
Spanish speaker, and has lived, worked, studied and travelled throughout Central America and Mexico.

Cinder received a B.S. from The University of Wisconsin and an M.S. from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  In 1998, she was selected as a Baltimore Community Fellow of the Open Society Institute in its inaugural year,
an opportunity now awarded to select social entrepreneurs each year.   She is currently adjunct faculty in the Masters of Art in Community Arts program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

For more information, please see Cinder’s resume, selected client list and publications below.


Core Competencies:

Using the Arts to engage youth and adults in community transformation and revitalization: design and
facilitation of collaborative art projects and curriculum for communication, engagement, empowerment and community change

Program/Project Planning, Design & Development: creative and participatory planning for engaging stakeholders and constituencies around a vision for the future

Program Evaluation: outcomes and process evaluation design and implementation; participatory assessment methods and models for program planning, community engagement and evaluation; graduate level instructor in logic model and evaluation plan design for outcomes evaluation;

Teaching / Training / Facilitation: youth, community and organizational development, community arts; audiences of 4-100, community, foundation / nonprofit staff, educators, and in academic settings at the graduate and undergraduate level, in the U.S. and abroad

Grant Review/Consulting for Foundations and Government: The St. Paul Companies Foundation (now Travelers), Kresge Foundation (community arts), the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Maryland State Department of Education (adult education)

Organizational Coaching in times of transition and challenge; program development and organizational
start-up; on matters of diversity and communication

Administrative Management: eight years of experience; non-profits and college settings

Current Employment:

1992 – Present Principal, Hypki Consulting Since 1992, I have worked with over 40 non-profits, charitable foundations, public agencies, schools and community groups to accomplish their goals for youth and community development. I specialize in creatively managing change, aiding organizations to function effectively; to plan and assess their work in terms of strategic outcomes; and to focus on their mission, core goals and stakeholders.

Spring 2005 – Present Adjunct faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art Teaching, mentoring, and
residency supervision in the MFA and MA programs in Community Arts. Topics: participatory
outcomes evaluation design for youth and community development, fundraising and grant writing. I mentor students in their interactions with youth development programs citywide.

1995 -- Present Public & Community Artist and Art Consultant Design, facilitation, fabrication and project management on varied community and public art projects

Prior Employment:

2002-2004 Associate Director of Community Arts Partnerships, MD Institute College of Art 1988-1993 Founding Director of the LIFT adult literacy program, South East Community Organization


M.S. in Environmental Education, School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.S. in Non-formal Education and Communication, The University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Fellowship: 1998-2000, Open Society Institute Community Fellow. Fellowship for social entrepreneurs.

Languages: Fluent in Spanish

Selected Client List...

Organizational Development
(Strategic & program planning; Meeting planning and facilitation; Fund development; Retreat design)
  • The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine, presentation and art workshops: The Art of Thriving: Tapping into Your Creativity for Healing, at the conference: Surviving Survivorship: Living with Cancer, 2013.
  • Creative Alliance, board and staff retreat planning and facilitation, 2013
  • Clay Pots, Inc., strategic planning and board of directors fundraising training, 2013.
  • Forecast Public Art; national meeting design, facilitation and final report, 2010
  • The After School Institute, Youth Program Quality Assessment, 2012, 2013.
  • Community Art Corps, Maryland Institute College of Art, grantwriting workshops, 2012, 2013.
  • Flight One Carriers, Inc., development of organizational prospectus, 2013.
  • Artists Housing, Inc., Board consultation; meeting planning and facilitation, 2006-2009
  • Tree Baltimore, Baltimore City Forestry Department, focus group planning and meeting
    facilitation, 2007
  • Adelante Familia, St. Vincent DePaul, staff retreat teamwork activities, 2007
  • Connect to Protect: planning and logic model development of youth AIDS prevention
    programs, University of Maryland, 2006
  • Civil Justice, Inc., meeting facilitation and final report, 2005
  • Patterson Park Public Charter School, communications evaluation and report, 2005
  • Friends of Patterson Park, grant writing, transition coaching, meeting facilitation, 2004
  • Baltimore American Indian Center, grant writing, 2001
  • Baltimore Community Foundation Youth as Resources, planning facilitation, 1998
  • Trust for Public Land, meeting facilitation, 1997
  • Parks and People Foundation, planning facilitation, 1997
  • Herring Run Watershed Association, strategic planning facilitation and plan, 1997
  • Gwynn Falls Trail Management Committee, planning and meeting facilitation, 1997
  • Citizens Planning & Housing Association, strategic planning and final plan drafting1994
  • Baltimore Coalition Against Substance Abuse, meeting facilitation and planning, 1995
  • Southeast Senior Housing Initiative, grant writing, 1994

Evaluation/Planning of Youth and Community Development Initiatives

  • Creative Alliance, strategic direction for the Education Department, 2012, 2013.
  • Participatory evaluations designed for the planning and assessment of each community arts project and workshop.
  • Refugee Youth Program, Baltimore, program evaluation and report using the Youth Program Quality Assessment method (I am YPQA certified.); Program planning consultant to the RYP via Baltimore City Community College using evaluation results, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.
  • Maryland Out of School Time Network: consultation on the design and content of a state wide Outcomes – Based Evaluation Leadership Summit for January, 2011.
  • Evaluation of summer youth programs at two Elev8 sites with The After School Institute, Baltimore, using the Youth Program Quality Assessment method. 2010
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, faculty for participatory evaluation course segment, 2006- present; designed participatory evaluation tools and models for graduate program in community arts, 2005-2010; for undergrad Community Arts Partnership program 2002-2004
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, faculty mentor / clinical supervisor for graduate artist residencies in community arts masters program, 2006- present
  • Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative, training on participatory evaluation methods, 1998
  • Maryland State Department of Education, Labor Education and Achievement Program,
    evaluation consultant for video and manual on portfolio assessment, 1996-1997
  • Parks & People Foundation, Kids Grow program, program evaluator, 1996-1997
  • Mayor’s Coordinating Council on Criminal Justice, Comprehensive Communities Program –
    Baltimore, program evaluator in collaboration with The Urban Institute, 1997-1998
  • Essex Community College, Department of Business and Industry Training, developed
    portfolio assessment manual for adult education and literacy programs, 1994
Teaching, Training and Coaching
  • The Youth Dreamers, Inc., Executive Director mentoring on afterschool program planning and strategic organizational planning. Member, advisory board. 2009-present
  • The After School Institute, presentation at annual conference: Be (aware of) the change you want to see: Youth input in defining process and outcomes for programming, June 2010
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Masters of Art in Community Arts program, train and
    mentor graduate students in community arts residencies, 2005-present
  • Follow Your Dreams, Inc., Baltimore, coached Executive Director in transition on
    fundraising and board development, 2007
  • Patterson Park Public Charter School; coached Board on issues of diversity and bilingualism,
    designed participatory processes for community engagement, 2005
  • Friends of Patterson Park, organizational coach during executive transition and for
    operational planning, 2004
  • University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Mosaic Project Instructor, Summer Art Studios, 2003
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Teacher Art Training, Project developer, 2002
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Fine Arts Instructor, 2001
  • MD State Department of Education, trainer, adult education and ESOL programs 1993-1998

Community Development
  • Artists Housing, Inc., designed and facilitated a process for re-envisioning the mission and cooperative structure, 2006-2009
  • Patterson Park Public Charter School, designed process and led a team of consultants to evaluate communication pathways and cultural competence, to reduce conflict between and within stakeholder groups in the school community. 2007. Report presented 2008
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation, Family Economic Success / Making Connections project, Consultant, diarist and technical writer, 2000-2002
  • Mt. Vernon Cultural District, Baltimore, on using art as a community building tool between youth-serving organizations and Baltimore’s major cultural institutions, 2001-2002
  • St. Paul Companies Foundation, (now Traveler’s) grant-making consultant to the Baltimore Community Affairs Committee, 1998–2002
  • Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute, Community Fellowship, 18 month project with the Southeast Youth Academy using mosaic art and greening for youth development, 1998-2000
  • Center for Economic and Environmental Development, Allegheny College, PA, on using art as a tool for community revitalization, 2000
  • Southeast Teen Center, Inc. / South East Youth and Family Coalition, project developer; led the 501 (c)3 incorporation process, 1997

Nonprofit Management and Administration
  • Associate Director, Office of Community Arts Partnerships (CAP), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 2002-2004
  • Consultant to Friends of Patterson Park for staff support, and grant writing during Executive Director transition, 2004
  • Project Developer, South East Teen Center, Inc. / South East Youth and Family Coalition; staffed the creation of a new youth-serving non profit organization, 1997
  • Founding Director, Learning is For Tomorrow (LIFT) Adult Literacy Program, Southeast Community Organization, 1988-1993

Community Arts Projects -- Facilitation and Consultation

  • Mary Carr Greer Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA, Consultant on a school-wide participatory mosaic project tied to curricular goals, In progress as of April 2012.
  • Mt. Washington Elementary School sign with youth ceramics and mosaics, June 2010
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, design
    collaborative visual art activity to accompany the inaugural Service of Remembrance for
    deceased patients’ families and hospital staff, May, 2010
  • Youth Dreamers’ grand opening communal mosaic project: The Dream House sign, 2010
  • St. Paul’s School for Girls, on an environmentally-themed multi-media mosaic mural, the
    Bay Life Triptych, designed to involve the arts and science classes. 2009
  • Maryland State Arts Council, on using a collaborative artistic process to prepare the council
    to begin its strategic planning retreat using mosaic as metaphor, 2008
  • The Art of Solidarity: Nicaragua Study Abroad program in community arts (faculty), mural
    project and assistance with video documentary, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008.
  • Johns Hopkins Interfaith and Community Service Center, Interfaith Council art project, 2008
  • Mt. Washington Elementary School Outdoor Classroom entryway, 2008 - 2009
  • Mt. Washington Arboretum entryway, 2008
  • Youth Dreamers, The Joy Mosaic Project, participatory mural for the Shepherd’s Clinic, 2008
  • Irvington Peace Park entryway, a mosaic archway for a sacred space involving youth, 2007
  • Marian House collaborative mosaic fountain project planning, 2006-2007
  • Mt. Washington Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, on gathering community
    input for the design of an outdoor space, 2005-2006
  • Kids on the Hill, mosaics in the sculpture garden, 2004, 2000
  • Johns Hopkins University Interfaith and Community Service Center, 5th Anniversary
    commemorative collaborative mosaic with the Interfaith Council, 2004
  • Julie Community Center on using mosaic art to foster youth creativity, 2002, 2001
  • Banner Neighborhoods, Port Street Outdoor Mosaic Gallery, a public art installation, 2002
  • American Visionary Art Museum, art car fabrication with Tri State Reuse Center youth, 2002
  • Urban Arts Institute, Franklin Square, The Tree Represents Me mosaic project, 2001
  • Tench Tilghman Elementary School, Legacy Club murals, 2000, 2002
  • General Wolfe Elementary School, The Great Walls of Happiness ceramic tile murals, 1999
  • South East Youth Academy, mosaic banner mural project for the center, 1998

Publications, Technical Writing & Conference Presentations...

[Note: This list does not include numerous grant proposals written for or in collaboration with nonprofit.]

The Art of Thriving: Tapping Into Your Creativity for Healing, presentation and art workshops at the conference:
Surviving Survivorship: Living with Cancer, the Johns Hopkins' Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2013.

The Clay Pots Strategic Plan: Key Recommendations for Organizational Development Priorities
, 2013.

Strategic Directions Retreat Workbook
. Prepared for the Creative Alliance Education Department, 2012.

Memorial Ritual and Art: A Case Study and Exploration of the Potential for Healing (in Collaboration with Johns Hopkins’ Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center). With Rhonda Cooper and Louise Knight. Presented at the 2011 Community Arts Convening, MICA, March 2011, Baltimore, Maryland. Published online October 13, 2011.

Exploring Web-Based Public Art Resources: A Leadership Summit. Summit Report and Preliminary Recommendations. Prepared for Forecast Public Art after consultation on planning and my subsequent facilitation of the Summit under their co-sponsorship with Americans for the Arts. Initially disseminated digitally by Forecast Public Art, November 5, 2010.

Lessons from the Art of Solidarity: A conversation about MICA’s international community arts program in Nicaragua. Prepared for the National Community Arts Convening and Research Project, California State University at Monterey Bay, Monterey, California, Spring 2009. Published on the Community Arts Network website in October, 2009.

What the Moment Requires of Us: Toward Egalitarian Relationships in Community Arts Mentoring.
Prepared for the National Community Arts Convening and Research Project, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Spring 2008 and published on the Community Arts Network website. August, 2008.

Community Art’s Role in Healing and its Relationship to Greening. Presentation for the TKF Foundation Anniversary Summit, May 24, 2007.

Labyrinth, Community art in the wake of September 11th. Self-published online at 2007.

You Can Only Hear if You Really Listen: A Youth-Centered Community Arts Project Emerges in Urban Baltimore. Co-authored with Ken Krafchek in Art / Vision / Voice: Cultural Conversations in Community, a Book of Cases from Community Arts Partnerships. Columbia College Chicago and Maryland Institute College of Art, Chicago. 2005.

Big Dreams and Wide-Open Visions: A Synthesis of Ideas for Rejuvenating Mt. Washington Elementary School’s Old Playground. A report presented to the Mt. Washington Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. Baltimore, Maryland, December, 2005.

Art in Every Direction: Expanding the Scope of Cultural Programming for Children in the Mount Vernon Cultural District. Report for the Mount Vernon Cultural District, Baltimore, 2003.

"Landscapes of Sacrifice, Landscapes of Possibility: Community Art and Greening in Baltimore". Panel participant; panel discussion sponsored by the American Librarians in Schools Conference: EcoArt: Breaking the 21st Century. March 24, 2003. Baltimore, Maryland.

Workshop for the Baltimore Community Affairs Committee: Reviewing Funding Proposals, Conducting a Site Visit and Understanding Financials. Cinder Hypki and Mike Newman. The St. Paul Companies. Baltimore, Maryland. January, 2002.

Sustaining Technology in Low-Income Neighborhoods: Thematic Summary of a Consultative Session Convened by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Brookings Institution. January, 2002.

The Family Economic Success Strategy Institute: Thematic Summary and Full Report of the Proceedings.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland. March, 2002.

Collective Wisdom and Great Ideas for Using Art in the Classroom. A handbook for elementary school teachers prepared in collaboration with participants in the Teachers’ Fine Arts Workshop at Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School, Fall semester, 2001. The Child First Authority and the Community Arts Partnership program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Baltimore, 2001.

“Engaging Multiple Publics: Environmental Justice Politics, Poetics, Pedagogy, and Activism.”
Roundtable participant; roundtable discussion sponsored by the Environmental Studies Caucus for the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association in Washington, D.C., Nov 10, 2001.

A Letter to Joseph Beuys. Peek Review online. 2001.

The Corner Revisited: The Implementation of Baltimore’s Comprehensive Communities Program. An evaluation report for the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice. Unpublished.

Jobs and Economic Development: Strategies and Practice. Robert Giloth, editor. Sage Publications. 1998. Assisted in editing this document.

Thinking About Learning and Learning About Thinking: Using portfolio assessment in adult education.
Dept. of Business and Industry Training, Essex Community College. Essex, Maryland 1994. Note: Also published in the Educational Resources Information Center (E.R.I.C.) database.

"Holding Landlords Accountable", Shelterforce, The Journal of Affordable Housing Strategies. May, 1994.

By Our Own Hands: A collection of writing by adult learners in LIFT. LIFT Literacy Program, Southeast Community Organization in association with Passager. Baltimore: University of Baltimore, 1992.