Cyndi was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Texas State University and her Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1994. Following graduation, Cyndi moved to New Mexico where she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Benny Flores (ret.) of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. After her clerkship, she was an associate attorney with Miller Stratvert P.A., practicing in the areas of personal injury defense and civil litigation. Cyndi returned to the Court of Appeals in 1997 when she joined the Division of Appellate Court Attorneys.