Cynthia Loy Darst

Faculty and Executive Coach

Cynthia Loy Darst, MFA, CPCC, ORSCC, MCC, named “One of the Top Ten Most Influential Coaches in the U.S.,” is playful and inspiring, working with all kinds of people to move them past limitations and into action & fulfillment. Darst is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a Certified Relationship & Systems Coach and one of the first eight to receive the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC) from the International Coach Federation.

Based in Los Angeles, Darst maintains a full roster of private clients including corporate execs, entrepreneurs, creative types (actors, writers, and entertainment industry), people in transition, as well as other coaches. She and her husband, David Darst, CPCC, PCC, also a coach, are partners in their company, Team Darst ( They do work with individuals as well as teams, couples, partnerships and organizational systems.

As a Senior Course Leader for both CTI (The Coaches Training Institute) and CRR Global (The Center for Right Relationship), she delights in traveling the US, Canada, and the world, training others in the skills of Co-Active Coaching for individuals, relationships and organizational systems. She has been instrumental in the selection, training and development of new and current leaders for both CRR and CTI.

While Cynthia’s focus is on coach training and leadership development, over the years she has become quite skilled in instructional design for experiential learning. In the mid-90s she studied at the feet of the CTI design team (Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, and Laura Whitworth), and soon began to design short & well-received workshops on her own. As the years passed, she served on CTI’s Core Legacy Team: the group responsible for the consistency, quality and development of the CTI curriculum. By the 00s, she was developing experiential retreats and workshop for clients as well as creating her own work through The Coaches Studio. “The Inside Team Teleclass,” and “Inside, Outside, All Around Your Life” are two of her courses occasionally offered at CRR Global.

Passionate about quality and excellence in the world of coaching, Darst was a founding member of the International Coach Federation, has also served on the Board of Directors of the Professional Coaches and Mentors Association and is Past-President of ACTO (The Assoc. of Coach Training Organizations).