Ms. Pellegrini was a participant for the Forum’s discussion on Zika in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Beyond.
Cynthia Pellegrini is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs at the March of Dimes. In this capacity, Ms. 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. Key March of Dimes policy priorities include access to health care for all women of childbearing age and children; research into prematurity, birth defects, and other aspects of reproductive and child health and development; prevention and health promotion issues, such as tobacco cessation and nutrition; and issues of concern to the operation of not-for-profit organizations. 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). She has published on trends in federal public health and preparedness spending and served on the National Commission on Children and Disasters’ Pediatric Medical Care Subcommittee. Ms. Pellegrini has an extensive background in public policy issues as well as politics and administration.