Cherie Harder serves as president of the Trinity Forum. Prior to joining the Trinity Forum in 2008, Harder served in the White House as special assistant to the president and director of policy and projects for First Lady Laura Bush.
Earlier in her career she served as policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, advising the Leader on domestic social issues and serving as liaison and outreach director to outside groups. From 2001 to 2005, she was senior counselor to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), where she helped the Chairman design and launch the We the People initiative to enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history. Prior to that Harder was the policy director for Senator Sam Brownback and also served as deputy policy director at Empower America.
Harder has contributed articles to publications including Policy Review, Comment magazine, the Harvard Political Review, and various newspapers. Her ghost-written speeches and articles have appeared in Vital Speeches of the Day, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and others.
She holds an Honors BA (magna cum laude) in government from Harvard University and a post-graduate diploma in literature from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where she was a Rotary Scholar. She previously served on the board of Gordon College and the C.S. Lewis Institute, and is a current board member of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution and Faith and Law. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Democracy Fund and the National Museum of American Religion.