ONE Welcomes the Washington Post’s Michael Gerson

Washington, D.C. – ONE today announced that Washington Post columnist and former Bush Administration chief speechwriter and top policy aide,  Michael Gerson, will join ONE as part of a year-long fellowship to help expand ONE’s work on issues of governance and economic growth, and increase outreach to core constituency groups including faith and college communities.

“Michael Gerson is not only one of the country’s most respected writers, but brings a wealth of foreign policy experience that will strengthen ONE’s work as a whole,” said ONE U.S. Executive Director Sheila Nix. “We are thrilled to have him join ONE’s efforts to help mobilize Americans in support of programs that are saving lives and helping the world’s poor fight extreme poverty.”

“ONE does some of the most important work in the world – speaking on behalf of people with great needs and great potential, but little influence,” said ONE Fellow and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson. “This effective, bipartisan organization has been at the center of a hopeful revolution in global health and development that has saved and improved millions of lives – and that needs to continue.  I’ve been proud to be associated with ONE over the years, and now I’m honored to be a part of its work.”

A nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post, Gerson comes to ONE with extensive global health policy and speechwriting experience.  Most recently, Gerson worked with the Institute for Global Engagement and the Council on Foreign Relations, where he spoke and wrote on issues such as global health and development, religion and foreign policy. During his years at the White House, Gerson was a key advocate for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the fight against global sex trafficking, and funding for women’s justice and empowerment issues.

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