Cynthia Vitters is a Managing Director within Deloitte’s Risk & Financial Advisory business, where she leads the Government & Public Services (GPS) Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Practice. Cynthia advises a diverse pool of clients, including Federal Agencies, State and Local Governments, and Higher Education institutions. She supports these clients in their pursuit to design, implement, and mature their respective ERM programs, subsequently embedding risk awareness into their organizational cultures.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Cynthia spent 20+ years working for the U.S. Department of Education. She proudly served as the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) for the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), overseeing their ERM program and serving as an advisor on the Department of Education’s agency-wide ERM implementation effort. Cynthia also served as a Senior Advisor on ERM for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she provided ERM technical expertise and guidance. Cynthia was responsible for finalizing the “Management’s Responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control” section of OMB Circular A-123 and led efforts to develop and publish the “Enterprise Risk Management Playbook.”
Cynthia was a founding member and is the Risk Management Society (RIMS) Liaison of the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM), previously serving as the Vice President and Corporate and Associate Advisory Group (CAAG) Chair. She currently serves as an Advisor to George Mason University’s CRO Executive Education program and a Board Member of St. John’s University’s Center for Excellence in Enterprise Risk Management. Cynthia also holds memberships with RIMS, University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA), and the Senior Executive Association (SEA).
Cynthia is a Harvard University graduate of the Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executive Fellows Program. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College.