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George Bernier

Director, Government Relations

George Bernier helps to maximize outcomes and solve problems for clients by offering first-hand Legislative Branch and Executive Branch experience in military and foreign affairs policy matters.  He researches, writes, and drafts position papers; researches legislative histories; helps devise congressional engagement strategies; helps clients navigate the annual authorization and appropriations process; and educates congressional staffers on the capabilities of VSA’s clients.

George spent 14 years as a congressional staffer including eight years as the Senior Legislative Assistant to a Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  In that role, he participated in seven national defense authorization markups, and was intimately involved in crafting many other pieces of bipartisan foreign policy legislation.  George also served as a Congressional Affairs Officer at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) under President George W. Bush.  George was the primary interface between congressional offices on matters relating to security, R&D, secure transportation, and production activities necessary to support the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.  George held both TOP SECRET and Q security clearances in these positions.

George received his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilization (cum laude) from Denison University, and earned a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.