Cherie Harder serves as President of The Trinity Forum. Prior to joining the Trinity Forum in 2008, Ms. 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, 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 Ms. Harder was the Policy Director for Senator Sam Brownback and also served as Deputy Policy Director at Empower America.
Ms. Harder has contributed articles to publications including Policy Review, Human Events, the Harvard Political Review, and various newspapers, as well as a chapter on fashion to the volume Building a Healthy Culture (Eerdmans 2001). 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 B.A. (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 serves on the board of Gordon College, the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, and Faith and Law; and on the advisory boards of the National Civic Art Society and the National Museum of American Religion.
Ms. Harder was raised in New Mexico and currently lives in Northern Virginia.
Colleen O'Malley is the Director of Advancement and Development at the Trinity Forum. She previously worked as a management consultant to the Federal Government with both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte Consulting, specializing in strategic planning, organization transformation, learning strategy, and business development. She entered consulting to help organizations translate complex ideas into manageable concepts, and to help individuals make connections between their learned experiences and future success.
A graduate of Messiah College, Colleen came to the DC area in 1998 following work supporting philanthropic event coordination in New York. She is an active member of The Falls Church Anglican, and a mentor for and fellow of the CS Lewis Institute. Colleen was raised in a Coast Guard Family all over the U.S., and now resides in Arlington.
Alyssa Abraham is the Director of Membership and Events at The Trinity Forum.
Alyssa holds a B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University where she studied International Affairs and Conflict Resolution. While there, she received the GW Award, one of the highest awards for exceptional service given by the University. She served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for GW’s Women's Leadership Program, focusing on International Arts and Culture. Interested in the intersection of foreign policy and women’s rights, Alyssa also interned at the Department of State in the International Religious Freedom office and the Legislative Affairs Bureau. Alyssa received several fellowships to conduct field research on laws and programs protecting marginalized women in both Brazil and South Korea.
In the past, she worked for her congressman and senator, both as a U.S. Senate Page and again as a Research Intern. She gained first hand experience with transformative non-profits and aiding women in need at Mercy Ministries of America, a residential counseling program. Most recently, she completed a post-graduate fellowship with the Trinity Forum Academy in Royal Oak, Maryland.
Her personal hobbies include: swimming, golfing, and visiting the art museums around D.C. Alyssa is from Nashville, TN, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.