- Fall 2006
Michael J. Gerson is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. His work focuses on issues of global health, development, religion and foreign policy, and the democracy agenda. Before joining the Council, he was a top aide to President George W. Bush, as assistant to the President for policy and strategic planning. Gerson also served as assistant to the president for speechwriting and as policy advisor since July 2002. Prior to that appointment, he was deputy assistant to the President and director of presidential speechwriting from January 2001 to July 2002. Gerson joined the Bush for President campaign in spring 1999 as chief speechwriter and senior policy advisor. He was previously senior editor covering politics at U.S. News and World Report. Gerson was a speechwriter and policy advisor for Jack Kemp, a speechwriter for Bob Dole during the 1996 presidential campaign, and he served Senator Dan Coats from Indiana as Policy Director. Gerson is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois.