Michelle Bernard (L'88)

Michelle Denise Bernard is the president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. She is a graduate of Howard University, earning a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in political science, and the Georgetown University Law Center, earning her J.D.

After completing her legal education, Bernard became a partner at the lobbyist and law firm Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. She also became the president and CEO of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) and Independent Women’s Voice. In 2000, her political career began with her membership on the Bush-Cheney Presidential Inaugural Committee. She was also the chair for the District of Columbia’s Redevelopment Land Agency and a member of the journalism advisory board of the news magazine, The 74.

Bernard has written numerous opinion editorials and commentaries that have appeared in several publications, including US News and World Report, The 74, The Hill, The Huffington Post, and The Root. As a political analyst and media correspondent, she has appeared on HBO, CNN, MSNBC, and TV One.

Through media exposure, she has expressed her opinion on a variety of topics including the Iraq War, the political participation and voting trends of African Americans, Latinos, women, and millennials; advancing democracy for minorities around the world, and the 2016 path to the White House. Despite her identification with the Republican Party, she has publicly supported the Black Lives Matter Movement and the #SayHerName campaign of the African American Policy Forum. Politically, she is an independent and an advocate of transpartisanship, where she believes that the American democracy is best served when the electorate votes for candidates and issues.