Michelle D. Bernard

Bernard1_3464[2]Michelle D. Bernard is the president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy and is a frequent political analyst on CNN, MSNBC and other television networks.

An attorney by training, Ms. Bernard concentrates on domestic and foreign policy matters and  has spoken on topics as varied as the historic 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and elections, various Congressional and gubernatorial campaigns and elections, the political participation and voting trends of African Americans,  Hispanics and women, education reform and school choice, foreign policy and national security issues, and advancing democracy, economic liberty, and the human rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East.  Ms. Bernard is a regular political analyst on CNN’s Smerconish and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews and Up with Steve Kornacki.  Additionally, Ms. Bernard appears on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and The McLaughlin Group.  She is a regular guest commentator on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin and The Diane Rehm Show and is a contributor for The Washington Post’s She the People and The Huffington Post. 

Ms. Bernard is the author of  “Naming the Sin: Are Churches Helping to Stop Domestic Violence or Enabling It,” Sojourner’s (December 2013), Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013 (2013), Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before (2007) and is a contributing author to the National Urban League’s State of Black America 2009: Message to the President ( 2009) and Lifetime Network’s Secrets of Powerful Women: 25 Successful American Politicians Tell How They Got Where They Are – And What It’s Like (2010).   In 2009, Ms. Bernard co-created and hosted MSNBC’s television special, About Our Children, featuring Dr. Bill Cosby.  Ms. Bernard is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hampton University and sits on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Opportunity in Education and the Executive Board of the International Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C. where she is the Leadership Foundation Liaison.  Aditionally, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.

Ms. Bernard has been featured in several publications, including Essence.com, Fast Company magazine, Jamaque magazine, The Legal TimesThe New York Daily News, The Washington Business Journal, The Washington City Paper, The Washington Lawyer, The Washington Post, The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, and The Washington Times.  Additionally, she has appeared on BBC Radio, CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, C-SPAN’s Q&A with Brian Lamb and Washington Journal, HBO’s The Bill Maher Show, MSNBC’s Decision ’08 with Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, Morning Joe and NBC’s Today show and Nightly News Weekend Edition.  Also, she has been a guest of  PBS’s This is America with Dennis Wholey, XM Satellite Radio’s presidential election channel POTUS 08, various hosts with XM’s The Power, and several  Middle Eastern radio and cable television programs.  Ms. Bernard’s opinion editorials and commentaries have appeared in the G8 Summit magazine, The Hill.com, The Huffington Post.com, US News and World ReportThe Washington Post’s She the People, the New York Post, the Philadelphia Daily News, and The Washington Times.

Ms. Bernard has spoken before numerous organizations and as the former president and CEO of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), founded IWF’s Iraqi Women’s Democracy Initiative, which  assisted in the development and implementation of training programs built on the pillars of democracy, women’s rights and religious freedom, political activism in a democracy, issues of governance, free markets, and non-governmental organizations.

Prior to founding the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy and joining IWF, Ms. Bernard was a partner at the District of Columbia’s Patton Boggs LLP.

Ms. Bernard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and political science from Howard University and a Juris Doctor degree from The Georgetown University Law Center.

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