Cindy Siewert

A.A.S. ’84 (University of Minnesota, Crookston)
Alumni Association Member

Cindy Siewert

Wood From the Hood, a local Minneapolis business started in 2008 because Cindy and Rick Siewert were tired of seeing neighborhood trees getting cut into wood chips instead of prolonging the wood’s life by making it into reusable lumber. Since then, Cindy and her husband have grown Wood from the Hood to over 1/2 million in annual sales, 3 kilns, a sawyer, and an office and milling/warehouse space. Cindy has Wood from the Hood home products like cribbage and cutting boards in over 40 local retail stores, has an active online presence and a Custom Sales Manager selling custom woodworking. Wood from the Hood works with several tree companies and the Minneapolis Park Board to reclaim the urban forest. They mill and dry the main trunks into usable lumber for retail products, slab lumber sales, and custom wood working & commercial architectural projects that include clients like Caribou Coffee, Summit Brewery and Milton’s restaurant. Loved by many, the company has come a long way from just an idea tossed around in the Siewert household. As far as inspiring others, Cindy’s mantra is, “stick to it and have a mission - saving the environment has always been important to me.”

Cindy can be reached at cindy@woodfromthehood.com