Cindy McLaughlin is a native of Minnesota who worked in the hospitality and retail industries during her college years. She was a women’s wear buyer in Minneapolis, relocating to Sioux City in 1986 to open her own business. She has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood, The Humane Society, and Girls Inc. While serving on the board of Girls Inc., McLaughlin was involved with two major capital campaigns to build new facilities. Currently, she serves on the board of KWIT/KOJI public radio station in the Greater Siouxland area. She has volunteered extensively for events involving the Sioux City Art Center.
In 2010, McLaughlin sold her business, and she has recently completed a building project in the historic 4th Street area of downtown Sioux City. She is a member of Downtown Partners, an organization committed to revitalizing the downtown area and a member of American Girls, a study club founded in 1900. McLaughlin and her husband, Dwight Packard, live on an acreage on the north side of Sioux City.