Cindy Claycomb is a lifelong resident of the Wichita area and has been making a difference in the community for many years. She is a wife, grandmother and friend–but mostly she is a champion for positive growth.
Early in life, she and her three siblings roamed the streets around their home at University and Vine. Her parents were hardworking, small business owners who knew the value of a dollar. They taught her perseverance and compassion and laid the groundwork for her to ultimately become the community advocate she is today.
Cindy graduated from Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, attended Wichita State University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business, and ultimately graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Ph.D. in marketing.
Cindy was elected as the city council member to represent District 6 in 2017, after dedicating almost 25 years to higher education where she held positions of professor of marketing, interim dean of the business school, and assistant to the President for strategic planning. Prior to that, she spent over a decade in analyst and management positions at two Fortune 500 companies—Boeing and Pizza Hut, a division of PepsiCo.
During her time on Wichita City Council Cindy has been a part of many different initiatives and policies. She is committed to working on a strong local economy, safe and thriving neighborhoods, and a vibrant quality of life for all Wichitans.
Prior to being elected, she served on the District 6 Advisory Board and for eight years on the Wichita Board of Park Commissioners (becoming President in 2016). Currently, she serves on the Botanica Board of Trustees, Downtown Wichita Board of Directors, WSU Tech Industry Advisory Board, Arts Council Board of Directors, Old Town Association Board of Directors, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition Board of Directors, South Central Kansas Transportation Coalition, Hispanics in Real Estate Board of Directors, and the Raise My Head Foundation Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) of South Central Kansas, the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) Transportation Policy Body, and the Health and Wellness Coalition Advisory Group. Her committee work has included Empower Evergreen founding member group, branch libraries planning committee, baseball stadium oversight committee, parking and multi-modal study participant, and the HumanKind Humanitarian Awards Banquet co-chair.
Cindy is married to Charlie and they have an adult daughter, son-in-law, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
When not working, Cindy enjoys walking, cycling, reading, and traveling with her husband.
With her varied experience in community service, higher education and business she offers a well-balanced perspective on the challenges that face Wichita now and in the future. All of her work can be summarized as an effort to keep Wichita a strong and vibrant place to live, work, learn and play. She wants young adults, including her 18-year-old granddaughter, to intentionally plan to stay in Wichita because of its opportunity, diversity, affordability and cultural liveliness.
Cindy has been on the leading edge of business as a WSU professor and now a City Council Member with 3+ years experience.
Cindy has been a vocal advocate for our city and District 6.
Cindy wants to continue to represent District 6 for 4 more years.