Cynthia A. Colenda


Cynthia A. Colenda, Partner, is an experienced government and legislative affairs specialist who joined Alcalde & Fay in 1983 and later served as president of the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL).  Ms. Colenda has in-depth experience in the areas of transportation, port and maritime security, airport and aviation policy, environment, public health, homeland security, taxation and international maritime organization (IMO) regulations. Her experience at the firm has included representation of major transportation clients and successful implementation of national transportation policy initiatives.  She has 30 years of experience navigating the legislative process and has well-established relationships with Congress and the Executive Branch agencies.


As ICCL President, she directed the association's international and domestic regulatory programs, and public affairs initiatives. During her five-year tenure, she spearheaded the development of an Associate Membership Program that forged relationships between domestic and international businesses. She also established the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF), promoting charitable and community outreach programs throughout the nation, and served as its executive director for 15 years.


Ms. Colenda served for five years as the lead NGO representative for the cruise industry at IMO and worked closely with the domestic and international transportation industries on a wide variety of policy matters.  She implemented national public affairs campaigns on behalf of the cruise industry, testified before Congress, and is a trained media spokesperson, who has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including CBS's "60 Minutes" and CNN's "Money Line."


Ms. Colenda currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Florida House and is a former board member of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute.   She is a recipient of Travel Weekly's Top 100 Women in Travel award and the Coast Guard’s Public Service award.  


Ms. Colenda received her bachelor's degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and earned her law degree from George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bars.