DLA Piper announced that Amy Jensen Cunniffe has joined the firm’s government affairs and healthcare public policy and regulatory practices as a senior policy adviser in the Washington DC office.
Cunniffe is the latest senior policy adviser to join the firm, following former US transportation secretary Ray LaHood and former CFTC commissioner Bart Chilton, a group that also includes former senate majority leader Tom Daschle.
Cunniffe formerly served as special assistant to president George W Bush for legislative affairs, charged with maintaining strong relationships with 77 bipartisan members of Congress as their personal liaison to the White House, while leading the House effort on behalf of the president to pass HR 1, the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003.
Earlier in her career, she worked as a legislative assistant to congressman Dennis Hastert and as a policy assistant to the speaker of the house for policy, among other responsibilities.
She joins DLA Piper after serving as the senior vice-president for government affairs at Caris Life Sciences, a biosciences company focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine. In this role, Cunniffe was responsible for leading Caris Life Sciences’ public policy efforts and establishing the company’s office in Washington DC. Cunniffe will continue to work closely with Caris in her new role at DLA Piper.
Prior to Caris, Cunniffe served as GE healthcare leader for the government relations team. Previously, she served as a director at Quinn Gillespie and Associates, where she led the healthcare practice and provided strategic counsel and policy feedback to members of the US Congress and Executive Branch.
She received her BA in political science from Truman State University.