Dr. Cynthia Telles is a Clinical Professor in the UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She has been the Director of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Spanish-Speaking Psychosocial Clinic for over three decades. In addition to department-wide oversight responsibilities, she manages the clinical operations of this model psychiatric clinic, as well as training and research.
Dr. Telles has extensive experience serving on corporate boards, as well as governmental commissions and boards of civic/philanthropic organizations. She served on the Board of Directors of General Motors Co. between 2010-2014. For over a decade, she has been a member of the Board of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, the largest, integrated health care system in the United States. In 2013, Telles was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Board of Airport Commissioners of Los Angeles World Airports.
Between 2010-2018, she served on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars to which she was appointed by President Barack Obama. She has served as Commissioner of the City of Los Angeles for almost 20 years. Between 2001-2004, she was the Vice President of the Board of Library Commissioners and previously was President of the Commission on the Status of Women (1994-1999). During the Clinton Administration, she was appointed to the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Previously, she served on the advisory group to the Presidential Task Force on Health Care Reform.
Currently, she is Chair Emeritus of the California Community Foundation where she served on the board from 2004-2016. Between 2001-2010, she was on the Board of Directors of The California Endowment, the largest health foundation in California. She currently serves on the boards of the Pacific Council on International; the Music Center; MALDEF; the National Alliance for Hispanic Health; and the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation.
She received a B.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University.