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Who’s Who Nonprofits & Foundations, 2020

Cindy Rakowitz is the founder and executive director for Fit 4 The Cause, a Thousand Oaks-based nonprofit which was Rakowitz’s personal response to the national health care crisis. The organization provides low-income communities in Ventura County and beyond with licensed fitness professionals and nutritionists. Since receiving nonprofit status in 2014, Fit 4 The Cause has grown to serve more than 2,000 recipients, including at-risk teens, fragile seniors and vulnerable children.

A graduate of Queens College with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Rakowitz also holds an American Council on Exercise certification. Prior to launching Fit 4 The Cause, Rakowitz was a division president with Playboy Enterprises for 15 years, working with PR and marketing, and she sat on the Playboy Foundation board.