Cynthia Pellegrini

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs, March of Dimes Foundation
Washington, DC, USA

Cynthia Pellegrini oversees all March of Dimes advocacy efforts at the federal level and in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. She also guides the organization’s research on maternal and child health policy issues, represents the March of Dimes on the National Priorities Partnership’s and its Maternity Action Team and serves on the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative’s Patients, Families & Consumers Center leadership cabinet. Prior to joining March of Dimes, Ms. Pellegrini served as Associate Director for Federal Affairs at the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she covered a range of issues including genetics, bioethics, child abuse and neglect, environmental health, nutrition, obesity, and injury and violence. In this capacity, Ms. Pellegrini worked with AAP leadership to develop and execute strategies to advance AAP priorities through both Congress and the Administration. Ms. Pellegrini worked on Capitol Hill for over eleven years. From 1996 to 2004, she served as Chief of Staff and health aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY). Her tenure on Capitol Hill also included stints with Reps. Gerald Kleczka (WI) and Jay Inslee (WA). Ms. Pellegrini has an extensive background in public policy issues as well as politics and administration.