Response Department Director

Cindy Rudometkin, Response Department Manager, was born and raised in Novato, Calif., a small town outside Petaluma. She had just graduated from high school in 1992 when she learned of Polly Klaas' abduction. As she followed the kidnapping and recovery, she grew frustrated with not being able to do more to stop child abductions.

Six years after Polly's kidnapping and murder, a job opening at the Foundation gave Rudometkin her opportunity. She joined the Foundation in 1999 as a nighttime caseworker, working as a liaison between families, law enforcement and other social service agencies to help find missing children.

In her present role as the Response Department Manager, Rudometkin oversees the Foundation's caseworkers and all missing child cases. She also works with leaders in the field to identify innovative ways to find missing children. Rudometkin acts as a contact for other agencies involved in investigations, including law enforcement, other missing child organizations and social service agencies.

Throughout her tenure with the Foundation, Rudometkin has provided support, guidance and hope to over 2,500 families. While her heart still breaks for those desperately searching for a missing child, she has taken the level of compassion, service and expertise in her department to new levels.

Prior to the Polly Klaas® Foundation, Rudometkin, worked as a case clerk coordinator for the Brayton Purcell Law Firm and as a volunteer research assistant for the Buck Center for Research in Aging.

Rudometkin holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MA in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University.