Michael Gerson

  • Conservative Washington Post Op-Ed Columnist
  • Former Senior Fellow, U.S. Council on Foreign Relations
  • Assistant to President George W. Bush for Policy & Strategic Planning (2005-2006)
  • Assistant to the President for Speechwriting and Policy Advisor (2002-2005)

When audiences invite Michael Gerson to speak at their event, they know they will hear a thoughtfully derived, historically anchored, Conservative send-up of politics today. Gerson is a familiar voice on t.v. and in print, as he is often called upon for his level-headed and clearly Conservative point of view.  For this reason, Gerson is a great choice for a debate format paired with a friendly Democrat for a lively and thoughtful evening.  He commands the room during his keynote speeches and hosts often also a book signing for their guests.

 
  

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Michael Gerson was fabulous and funny...people were very interested in what it's like to be a presidential speechwriter. He received straight A's!

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  • University of Maryland
  • Bryan College
  • National Cotton Council
  • Capital Tiger Bay Club
  • Massachusetts Bankers
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Looking at the New Political Landscape

Michael Gerson presents a dynamic overview of what lies ahead on the political horizon. Will Democratic and Republican leaders work together to achieve greater political and moral goals, or give in to darker, more divisive tendencies? Mr. Gerson analyzes all sides and presents his case by providing ...

Michael Gerson presents a dynamic overview of what lies ahead on the political horizon. Will Democratic and Republican leaders work together to achieve greater political and moral goals, or give in to darker, more divisive tendencies? Mr. Gerson analyzes all sides and presents his case by providing examples from his five eventful years of White House service.

Challenges to American Leadership

America has entered a period of global challenge and change, which has provoked a major debate about our role in the world. Informed by personal involvement on issues ranging from democracy in the Middle East, to civil unrest in Syria, to AIDS in Africa, Michael Gerson identifies the urgent internat ...

America has entered a period of global challenge and change, which has provoked a major debate about our role in the world. Informed by personal involvement on issues ranging from democracy in the Middle East, to civil unrest in Syria, to AIDS in Africa, Michael Gerson identifies the urgent international tests that require American leadership, and charts a hopeful way forward.

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<p>Michael Gerson is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Public Justice</p>

Michael Gerson is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Public Justice

The CPJ works to help secure the common good –promoting the well-being of an entire society in right relationship with the larger world.

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Michael Gerson is a semi-weekly opinion writer for The Washington Post.

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Biography

Michael J. Gerson joined ONE in August 2010 as Senior Advisor.  He is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in nearly 100 other newspapers.  Mr. Gerson is the author of Heroic Conservatism (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (Moody, 2010). He serves on the Initiative for Global Development Leadership Council, and the boards of the U.S. Center for Global Leadership, The News Literacy Project and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. He is the 2015 Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at Duke University. He appears regularly on the PBS NewsHour, Face the Nation and other programs.

Until 2006, Mr. Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. He was a key administration advocate for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the fight against global sex trafficking, and funding for women’s justice and empowerment issues. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Speechwriting and Assistant to the President for Speechwriting and Policy Advisor. Mr. Gerson joined Bush’s presidential campaign in early 1999 as chief speechwriter and a senior policy adviser.

He was previously a Senior Editor covering politics at U.S. News and World Report. Mr. Gerson was a speechwriter and policy adviser for Jack Kemp and a speechwriter for Bob Dole during the 1996 presidential campaign. He has also served Senator Dan Coats of Indiana as Policy Director. Mr. Gerson is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois. He grew up in the St. Louis area and now lives with his wife and sons in northern Virginia.