Bernadette Meehan

Bernadette Meehan is the Executive Vice President of Global Programs at the Obama Foundation. Previously a career Foreign Service Officer at the State Department for thirteen years, she served in a variety of assignments in Washington and overseas including as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Spokesperson for the White House National Security Council; Special Assistant to the Secretary of State; Special Assistant in the State Department Executive Secretariat; and Dean & Virginia Rusk Resident Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.  Her overseas assignments include the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia; and the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Bernadette serves on the Board of Advisors for Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, which brings together students, scholars, and practitioners to explore global challenges and the evolving demands of diplomatic statecraft.