Cynthia Shawamreh practices law as a senior counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law, Finance and Economic Development Division, where she specializes in multi-layered financing transactions designed to provide affordable housing and economic incentives to stimulate job creation. Ms. Shawamreh received her B.A. from Grinnell College in 1984. She spent 1984-85 in the Middle East on a Watson Fellowship for International Travel. Ms. Shawamreh received her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School in 1988. Ms. Shawamreh has served as a faculty member of the Wilmette Institute since 2006 and has been teaching courses on Islamic law as a Lecturer in Law at The University of Chicago Law School since 2008. Ms. Shawamreh also serves as an appointed member of the Illinois State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.