Michelle D. Bernard is a lawyer, political and policy analyst, media commentator, social critic, author, columnist, public speaker, and president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy.
An attorney by training, Michelle D. Bernard is a political and policy analyst, media commentator, social critic, author, columnist, and public speaker, providing media commentary on topics as varied as presidential politics, the historic 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and elections, and the path to the White House in 2016; various Congressional and gubernatorial campaigns and elections; the political participation and voting trends of African Americans, Latino’s, women and millennials, 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. Additionally, Ms. Bernard is a contributor to The Huffington Post and The Root, and Sidewire is a columnist for Roll Call and The Seventy Four, and is the president & CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy where she concentrates on domestic and foreign policy matters. Fiercely independent in her political views, Ms. Bernard, an advocate of transpartisanship and believes that American democracy is best served when the electorate votes for candidates and issues rather than on the basis of political ideology or party affiliation.
In March 2016, she was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Howard University for postgraduate achievement in the fields of media, journalism, and public policy. Additionally, in March 2015, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University honored Ms. Bernard in the University’s Plaza of Heroines which honors women role models who have made an impact on their families, communities and society. Also, in January 2015, Ms. Bernard was awarded the Anvil of Freedom Award for journalism and democracy by the University of Denver’s Edward W. and Charlotte A. Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media.
Ms. Bernard appears regularly as a political analyst or contributor on Al Jazeera America’s Third Rail; CNN’s Smerconish; HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher; MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews and MSNBC Live; The McLaughlin Group and TV One’s NewsOne Now with Roland Martin. In 2009, Ms. Bernard co-created and hosted MSNBC’s education reform television special, About Our Children.
She 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). Additionally, Mrs. Bernard is the author of numerous opinion editorials that appeared in The Washington Post’s She The People blog from its inception in 2012 as a platform for exploring the intersection of women and politics and culture, through its farewell in 2015.
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.