Cindy VandenBosch founded Turnstile Tours & Studio to create interactive and content-based experiences that foster engagement and interaction within and across communities in partnership with non-profit organizations in the neighborhoods of New York City. Cindy is passionate about offering experiences that are welcoming and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and she has long been interested in socially-responsible business models, which led her to found Turnstile as a Benefit Corporation in 2012. Originally from Flushing, Michigan (a suburb of Flint), Cindy studied anthropology at the University of Michigan and conducted her thesis research in Siberia and the Russian Far East, studying traditional culture of local indigenous groups.
With over 15 years of experience in the museum, tourism, and disability fields, Cindy serves on the access advisory committees of the Historic House Trust of New York City and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and has consulted with institutions in the U.S., Russia, and Singapore to foster more inclusive and engaging visitor experiences for people with and without disabilities. Cindy is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. In her spare time, Cindy is learning American Sign Language and is a board member of Travel Unity, a new nonprofit dedicated to inclusivity in the travel and tourism industry.