Bernadette Meehan

Special Assistant to the President and NSC Spokesperson ('12-'16); Special Assistant to the Secretary of State ('10-'12)


Bernadette Meehan is the Chief International Officer at The Obama Foundation.  Previously a career Foreign Service Officer for thirteen years, Bernadette served in a variety of assignments in Washington and overseas.  

From January 2016 to January 2017 she served as a Senior Advisor at the White House National Security Council, conducting negotiations with the Government of Cuba and overseeing a series of regulatory changes and migration agreements, as well as President Obama’s historic trip to Havana.

From August 2015 to August 2016 Bernadette was an adjunct professor and State Department resident fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  In June 2015, Bernadette completed her first three years of service at the National Security Council, most recently as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Spokesperson for the National Security Council.

Prior to her assignment at the National Security Council, Bernadette served at the State Department as Special Assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Her overseas diplomatic Foreign Service assignments include Dubai, Baghdad, and Bogota.

In 2007 Bernadette was selected as a Powell Fellow, recognized as one of the 12 most promising future leaders in the Department of State.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Bernadette was a Vice President of Private Banking at J.P. Morgan and Vice President of Asset Management at Lehman Brothers.  She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Political Science.  A native of New York, Bernadette speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Arabic.

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