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)

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in more than 100 other newspapers. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era. He appears regularly on the PBS NewsHour, Face the Nation and other programs. Gerson serves as a Fellow at ONE, a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning, where 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, Director of Presidential Speechwriting, Assistant to the President for Speechwriting and Policy Advisor.

 

 
  

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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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Michael Gerson: Three Things Everyone Should Know About Politics In the Age of Trump

Michael Gerson's remarks at the Chautauqua Institution's 2017 Interfaith Lecture Series were well-received before an attendance record of more than 2,000 people and earned a standing ovation. His speech, "Three Things Everyone Should Know About Politics In the Age of Trump" was accessible, made extensive use of humor and offered hope and elevation in the current climate. 

Known for his strong Christian faith, Gerson was named by Time as one of “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals In America” in 2005 and he most recently co-authored a book titled City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era. Gerson’s frank and insightful Washington Post columns have recently focused on how politics and faith intersect, with a focus on the new administration, and receive praise on Twitter such as: “Michael Gerson has consistently & steadfastly called out the hypocrisy. This is perfectly written,” andMust read inspiring, insightful, eloquent piece by @MJGerson.”

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Michael J. Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in more than 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, on the Advisory Council of the Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Initiative, on the Advisory Council of the Faith Angle Forum, and on the boards of the U.S. Center for Global Leadership and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. He was the 2015 Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at Duke University and the 2016 Andrews Fellow at the College of William & Mary. Gerson serves as a Fellow at ONE, a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. 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, Director of Presidential Speechwriting, 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 his 1996 presidential campaign. He has also served former 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.