James Bernard

Vice President of Impact Advisory

About James

An internationally recognized expert on multi-stakeholder partnerships, with more than 25 years of experience, James built and leads Resonance’s global consulting practice focused on corporate, foundation, and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, with clients that include PepsiCo, Cargill, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pearson Education, and Microsoft. Prior to joining Resonance, James spent seven years at Microsoft as Senior Director of Global Strategic Partnerships for the Education Group at Microsoft, where he led a team that was responsible for building partnerships with publishers, education technology companies, NGOs, and international organizations, such as the United Nations and World Bank.

Between 2006 and 2008, James served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for World Learning, an international NGO focused on educational exchange and international development. He also held several positions at Microsoft between 1999 and 2006, working on consumer technology products and on digital access programs to bring technology to emerging markets.

James is a frequent speaker on issues related to public-private partnerships in international development, and teaches a graduate-level class on the subject at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of Public Policy. He also serves on the board of directors of Pact, a global NGO working on health, livelihood, and environmental projects in 35 countries.