Greg Pellegrino, Deloitte Leader for Executive Branch, Dies at 55

Greg Pellegrino, executive branch affairs leader at Deloitte, died Sunday from a heart attack that led to Pellegrino crashing his Bentley.

Pellegrino, 55, lived in Middleburg, Va., west of D.C. in rural Loudoun County. Virginia State Police said that just before 3 p.m. Pellegrino’s car ran into a tree at Lime Kiln Road and Snickersville Turnpike. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Since 2017, Pellegrino led Deloitte’s relationship with the White House. From 2017 until November 2020, when he moved into the role of executive branch affairs leader, he also led the company’s relationship with the Department of Veterans Affairs as lead client service principal. From 2013 to 2018, he led Deloitte’s affairs with the Justice Department.

His time with Deloitte goes back to 1999, when he led Deloitte Consulting’s e-Government efforts globally. From 1987 to 1989 he worked at American Management Systems, where he left as vice president and served as director of mobile computing at the AMS Center for Advanced Technology and leader for the public safety and transportation industry segments.

He helped lead the redesign of federal aviation security following 9/11. He aided in improving the veteran’s healthcare experience working with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He worked to remodel highway transportation systems across the nation to reduce traffic and save lives, and his contribution to the overhaul of the national organ transplantation system received the prestigious Smithsonian Award for the application of technology to the public sector.

Pellegrino was an adviser to the Council on Competitiveness and a contributor to the council’s Commission on Competing in the Next Economy with a focus on “Optimizing the Environment for the National Innovation Ecosystem.” He worked with the No Labels organization, bringing together political leaders to find common-sense public policy solutions. He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP), one of the region’s leading equine therapy programs supporting individuals living with all types of disabilities. He was a board member for the American Red Cross National Capital Region focusing on supporting ARC’s fundraising priorities and veterans initiatives; he also served on the Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Pellegrino also served for several years on the leadership council for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s Museum. He was the first elected chairman of the board of directors for the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council.

Pellegrino was married in 2018 to Kristiane Kristensen. He is also survived by his children John, Roman, and Mia, his mother, Annette Pellegrino Fontaine and her husband, Mel Fontaine, and his brothers Jeff and Chris.

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This story was updated on 5/9/21

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  1. What a loss for all of us! Greg was one of the most important partners we had at TSA at our founding. Greg, and the brand spanking new Deloitte team that he had created were some of our most trusted IT advisors. Greg personally coached me and others in our newly formed IT department. He worked 18 hour days to be sure we had the right IT talent to bring mission services to 450 airports and 50,000 employees in time for TSA security officers to take over all passenger and baggage screening by November 2002. Greg went on to many other achievements at Deloitte and in his personal life, but just as no one will ever forget where they were on 9/11, no one should ever forget the service that people like Greg provided to our nation!

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