Trinity Forum Staff
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 (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 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. 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.
Alyssa Abraham is the Director of Development and Advancement at The Trinity Forum. Contact Alyssa if you have questions about your membership, or sponsorship and program development 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 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.
Nicki Sheffield is the Event Coordinator at The Trinity Forum. Contact Nicki if you have questions about programs at the Trinity Forum!
Prior to joining the Trinity Forum, Nicki worked in the arts and cultural sector in London. She graduated with a Masters in Arts and Cultural Management from King’s College, London in 2019 where she completed her thesis on audience experiences of spirituality within contemporary art exhibitions. She is passionate about facilitating spaces for conversation and connection, specifically around issues of faith, culture, and art which drew her to the work of the Trinity Forum. Earlier in her career, Nicki has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Arts & Business Council, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. She holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology and studio art from Wheaton College, IL and in her free time enjoys printmaking and oil painting.
Callie Walker is the Executive Assistant and Office Manager at The Trinity Forum. Contact Callie if you have questions about operations at the Trinity Forum!
Callie holds a B.A. from Baylor University and recently completed her Masters in Applied Theology at the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, Callie researched faith, sexuality and gender and wrote her dissertation on identity formation in society and the church. Her passion for critical thinking from a faith perspective in the midst of today’s complex culture led her to participate in the Trinity Forum Europe and intern at a Christian political non-profit in London and LGBT youth non-profit in Austin, TX. After Oxford, she was led to the Trinity Forum in D.C. because it embodies the type of healthy discourse that she hopes to see in her own academic field. In the past, Callie has also worked in the areas of law, business, respite care, and event planning. She is originally from New Braunfels, TX and currently resides in Washington, DC.