Connected doesn’t even begin to describe Bernadette’s political roots in Pennsylvania. She can organize an event, build a crowd, and energize a room with a grace that makes hard work look easy. Her political instincts are spot on and her talent in building coalitions is enhanced by a network that runs long and deep.
Before joining NSA, Bernadette (her friends call her Bernie) served as the executive director of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series for fifteen years. In that role, she worked with Republican National Committeewoman Christine J. Toretti to increase the number of women in decision-making positions at the local, state, and national levels in Pennsylvania and Arizona. Over the years she helped train and educate over 300 women, many of whom have gone on to run for and win public office.
Bernie’s work in the Republican trenches led the Republican State Committee to elect her Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Republican Party in 2017. As Vice Chair, Bernie will continue to engage voters in electing qualified Republicans to public office at all levels and continue promoting women in leadership roles.
Over the years, power players have consistently turned to Bernie to get things done. Her leadership has been instrumental in campaigns, coalitions, and government positions including: Women for Corbett Co-Chair (2010); State Chair for the Women’s Coalition for McCain (2008); State Chair for the “W Stands for Women Coalition” for President Bush (2004); and as a member of the Leadership Committee for the Pennsylvania Republican Party (2006-2009). Governor Mark Schweiker appointed her to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and was reappointed by Governors Rendell and Corbett. Bernie also serves on the Executive Committee for the Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women.
Bernie’s interest in engaging citizens isn’t all local, all the time. Her professional passions span the globe. She has a keen interest in international affairs and international education, which led her to earn a master’s degree in public and international affairs. She also has a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication from the University of Pittsburgh.
When she isn’t rubbing elbows with the political hierarchy, Bernie is busy with her young daughter enjoying all things Disney, running to swim class, and making trips to the zoo.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
- Vice Chair, Republican Party of Pennsylvania
- Member, Republican State Committee representing Lehigh County
- Member, Lehigh County Republican Committee