Cynthia Bissett Germanotta is President of Born This Way Foundation, which she co-founded with her daughter Lady Gaga in 2012. Under Cynthia’s leadership, the Foundation has connected with tens of thousands of young people across the country and around the world, launched innovative youth-focused programming, and conducted cutting edge research to improve the understanding of mental wellness. Cynthia is a former telecommunications executive whose career in sales and management spanned 25 years. She has served as an ambassador for the Women’s Council on Heart Health for the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute and on the Board of the Empowerment Initiative at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cynthia was born and raised in West Virginia, earned her Bachelors degree at West Virginia University and a Masters degree from The George Washington University. She now resides in New York City with her husband Joe Germanotta and dog Lilu. Joe and Cynthia have two wonderful daughters, Natali and Stefani, and are owners of a charming NYC restaurant, Joanne Trattoria.