Cynthia Berry, Esq., is the Managing Director for the Civil Justice Reform Group (CJRG). She brings to Interel and CJRG decades of legal and public policy experience including working extensively on tort reform issues at both the federal and state levels.
Cynthia came to Interel from Polsinelli PC, where she was a shareholder and member of the Public Policy Group and the Health Care Group. She is a respected advocate before Congress and the Administration and has represented trade associations, corporations, and hospital systems on a wide range of policy issues.
Cynthia’s Capitol Hill experience began when she joined the staff of Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. She continued her advocacy work as Washington Counsel at the American Medical Association and as General Counsel and Managing Director at a Washington, DC public policy firm.
Cynthia was tapped to serve on the Presidential Transition Team. She was in charge of managing the Senate confirmation process for President Trump’s nominees for Secretary of Health and Human Services and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Cynthia was appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson as a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society (and its predecessor, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing). There, she was privileged to work with luminaries such as Francis Collins, current NIH Director, leader of the Human Genome Project, and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner. Her appointments also include service on the 2005 Presidential Rank Award Review Board and two terms as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program.
Cynthia was the lead speechwriter at the 2016, 2012 and 2008 Republican National Conventions and also wrote speeches for the 2004 and 2000 conventions. She has worked with Dr. Ben Carson, Laura Ingraham, Governor Mike Huckabee, actress Janine Turner, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Bill Frist, George P. Bush, and family members of 9/11 heroes, to name a few. Not only has she written speeches for others, but she is a frequent speaker in her own right. Known for infusing speeches with humor and anecdotes, she is frequently asked to give presentations at association conferences and universities. She has lectured on lobbying and the legislative process at New York University, Boston University School of Law, the University of Maryland, and Gallaudet University. She has appeared on television and radio as a political commentator and has published articles on political and policy matters.
Cynthia was an Echols Scholar and received a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law.
She and her husband live in Great Falls, Virginia, where she also has an art studio for her oil painting pursuits.