Roy A. Bernardi

Roy Bernardi is a Senior Advisor focusing on business expansion strategy for CohnReznick Government, a division of CohnReznick LLP.

Before joining CohnReznick, Mr. Bernardi was Vice President, Consulting Services at CGI Group, Inc. He came there from the public sector, having served as the Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at the appointment of President George W. Bush in 2004. As Deputy Secretary, he was charged with managing HUD’s day-to-day operations, a nearly $38 billion annual operating budget, and the agency’s 8,500 employees. He also served as Acting Secretary of the agency and as HUD's Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development.

Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Bernardi was the 51st Mayor of the City of Syracuse. As Syracuse’s mayor, he overhauled municipal financial services, eliminated duplicative departmental functions, and streamlined governmental operations resulting in significant annual budget savings. Maintaining his commitment to right-sizing municipal government and eliminating intergovernmental duplication, Mr. Bernardi became the first Mayor in the Northeastern United States to contractually merge a large city police department with those of suburban small villages, allowing for increased services and significant cost savings.

He was elected Mayor after having served as Auditor of the City of Syracuse for 19 years.