Bernadette Meehan

Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow, U.S. Department of State

Bernadette Meehan is a career Foreign Service Officer who most recently served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Spokesperson for the White House National Security Council.

Prior to her three year assignment at the National Security Council, Bernadette served at the State Department as Special Assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Special Assistant in the State Department Executive Secretariat.  Her overseas assignments include Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Special Assistant to the Ambassador and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.  

In 2007 Bernadette was selected as a Powell Fellow, recognized as one of the 12 most promising future leaders in the Department of State.  

Prior to joining the Department of State in March 2004, Bernadette was a Vice President of Private Banking at J.P. Morgan and Vice President of Asset Management at Lehman Brothers.  Bernadette graduated from Boston College with a degree in Political Science.  Bernadette speaks Spanish and conversational Arabic.