Cindy Stevens is Lead Principal for State Public Sector Government Affairs and Public Policy at Deloitte and Touche in Washington, DC, bringing more than 20 years of experience with Deloitte to the state public sector. She began her professional career with Deloitte in 1993, and has over 30 years of experience in government relations. Prior to joining Deloitte, Cindy served as legislative director for Chairman Sonny Montgomery, and worked as the director of the political and legislative affairs office of the US Chamber of Commerce and The Board of Trade. Cindy graduated in 1983 with a B.A. from Mississippi State University, and currently serves on the MSU Board of Directors.
Why did you want to work in politics?
My mother volunteered managing the election precincts tallying the ballots on Election Day. I was fascinated watching all the people in our small town come to vote. It was a great experience listening to voters talk about local politics.
How did your experience at MSU help you learn about politics?
In addition to going to MSU, I worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine and in the Dean’s Office. I gave tours of the new college, and helped with special events. This gave me the opportunity to meet with many of our local and congressional elected officials.
Why do you think having MSU alumni engaged in state politics is important for our University?
I am so fortunate to have gone to MSU, and now I have the platform to talk about my experience and education. We have many MSU graduates in Washington who are just as enthusiastic about MSU as I am. They each take every opportunity to showcase MS and MSU.
Tell us about your political experience so far.
I came to Washington DC in 1983 working for Chairman G.V. Sonny Montgomery. It was his influence that opened doors for me following graduation for MSU. I knew no one in Washington, but I did know that I wanted to come and work for him and work in our Nation’s Capital. It was a dream come true, and I was all in never doubting my decision. Having worked on Capitol Hill for the US Chamber of Commerce and now with Deloitte, my entire career has been in politics. From my first experience in Louisville observing people voting and watching them enjoy the social networking I was hooked.
What advice would you give other students who are interested in following your shoes to Washington or to roles in state government?
I would encourage them to follow their dream as I did. If you have a strong passion for politics, pursue it. Get involved in a campaign. Be willing to start at the bottom and work your way up.
Why do you think Bully Bloc is important?
It is important to share our passion for our university. Through Bully Bloc, we can support state and congressional members, in a non-partisan political action committee, who will make sure the interest of MSU is advanced.
Anything else you would like to add?
My advice is take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Get involved in state or federal campaigns, and it will open doors for you that you would have never imagined.
Bully Bloc is a non-partisan political action committee not affiliated with Mississippi State University.