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.

Ms. Pellegrini currently represents the March of Dimes on the National Priorities Partnership’s and its Maternity Action Team. She also serves on the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative’s Patients, Families & Consumers Center leadership cabinet. She speaks regularly for the March of Dimes before entities such as the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality.

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.

Recent Posts by Cynthia Pellegrini

Medicaid Expansion: Benefits For Women of Childbearing Age And Their Children

States are in the midst of deciding whether and how to expand their Medicaid programs to nonelderly individuals with income below 133 percent of Federal Poverty Level (FPL), as permitted under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The group that perhaps stands to benefit the most from Medicaid...