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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (June 25, 2018) – The Broward County Chapter of the American Red Cross has named Cynthia Imperato as the new Chair of its Board of Directors. Her tenure officially begins on July 1.

Cynthia Gelmine Imperato retired from the Circuit Court Bench after 13 years of service in 2016. She was appointed in January 2003 by Governor Jeb Bush. During her years on the bench, Judge Imperato was an instructor at the Conference of Circuit Court Judges, trained Judicial Nominating Committee members and taught at new Judges college. Judge Imperato chaired the Judicial Nominating Criminal Procedures Committee, was a member of the Criminal Rules Committee and is currently on the Executive Council for the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar. In addition to her law degree, she also has a master’s degree in Criminology from Florida State University.

Throughout her prolific career in law and law enforcement, Judge Imperato has also been a Senior Assistant Statewide Prosecutor; an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University Law School where she taught Criminal Pre-Trial Practice; and a Criminal Justice Instructor at Tallahassee Community College. She has lectured nationally in seminars involving diversity on the bench, whitecollar fraud, street gangs, organized crime, and has published an article regarding street gangs in Florida. She’s is a member of the Law School Liaison, Professionalism, and Bench and Bar Committees of the Broward County Bar Association. 

Imperato is a former Tallahassee Police Officer and was a member of the Multi-Agency Gang Task Force of Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties. 

Currently, she’s a board member of the American Red Cross Broward County Chapter where she has served the community for the past seven years. In addition, she is on the Advisory Board of Broward County Crime Commission, Women in Distress and the PACE school for Girls. She’s the former President of the St. Thomas More Society of Broward County and serves on their Board of Directors. 

“We are delighted to have Cindy serve as our Chair for the Broward Chapter,” said Paula Prendergast, executive director of the Broward County Chapter. “Her passion and commitment for the Red Cross mission is exceptional.”


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross