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.
Hannah Smith is the Event Coordinator at The Trinity Forum. Contact Hannah if you have questions about programs at the Trinity Forum!
Hannah Smith joined the Trinity Forum staff in August 2019. She holds a B.A. in Intercultural Studies from Grace College, in Winona Lake, IN. Hannah is passionate about good questions and meaningful conversations—in service of deep connection with others. This drew Hannah to the Trinity Forum for their commitment to marrying intellectual rigor and warm hospitality in facilitating nuanced and gracious discussions about life’s most important questions. She believes deeply in the power of art, music, and story to shape the human experience and imagination. She has a passion for creating meaningful shared experiences.
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.