Cindy Rosenthal was elected mayor of Norman in 2007 after serving three years as the council member from Ward 4. She is Norman’s first popularly elected woman mayor. As Mayor, she is Norman's representative to the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments. Mayor Rosenthal won the 2009 Distinguished Public Service Award, which is given annually by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration to a public servant whose career exhibits the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment. She has been nominated twice as one of 50 women making a difference in Oklahoma and was named the Journal Record's Woman of the Year in 2010.
Mayor Rosenthal has championed environmental awareness and energy efficiency throughout the city, spearheaded Norman’s inclusive community initiative, highlighted the need for transportation options and more walkable neighborhoods, sponsored regular walks to promote healthy life styles in the community, and been an advocate for the arts and culture in downtown Norman.
A resident of Norman since 1985, Mayor Rosenthal is director and curator of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma and a professor of political science. Her professional background is as a consultant on public management and a policy analyst with expertise in economic development and intergovernmental relations.
Prior to elected office, she served on the League of Women Voters Board; Norman Public Schools Citizens Advisory Council; Norman Library Board; Firehouse Art Center Board; Greenbelt Task Force; and Norman Future Committee. She and her husband, Jim, are charter members of the Norman Area Land Conservancy and longtime members of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church. They have two children, Caitlin, and Aaron.