Cindi Berry is a respected advocate before Congress and the Administration on a wide range of policy issues and routinely advises clients on lobbying disclosure rules and government ethics. Health care is her passion and concentration. She has represented virtually every segment of the health care sector -- hospitals, health plans, physician groups, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and home infusion and long-term care associations. She has in-depth knowledge of the Medicare and Medicaid programs and understands how government policies can influence the delivery of health care services and products in the marketplace. One of her most meaningful achievements was working with Congress and Administration officials to direct significant amounts of federal support to Gulf Coast hospitals post-Katrina.
Her Capitol Hill experience began when she joined the staff of Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She continued her public policy and advocacy work as Washington Counsel at the American Medical Association and as General Counsel and Managing Director at a Washington, D.C. public policy firm.
Cindi 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.
In addition to policy and legislative work, Cindi is active in the political arena. She serves as an informal advisor to members of Congress and staff and is an active political fundraiser. She was the lead speechwriter at the 2012 and 2008 Republican National Conventions and also wrote speeches for the 2004 and 2000 conventions. She worked with Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator John Thune, actress Janine Turner, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Bill Frist, George P. Bush, family members of 9/11 heroes, and NFL Hall of Fame star Lynn Swann, to name a few. Not only does she write 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 and the University of Maryland. She has appeared on television as a political commentator and published articles on political and policy matters.
Before moving to Washington with her physician husband, Cindi practiced law in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an accomplished painter and avid sports enthusiast.