Mr. James Bernard

Position: Worldwide Director of Microsoft Partners in Learning
Country: United States of America
James Bernard, Worldwide Director of Microsoft's Partners in Learning Program, leads a $500 million global initiative that provides teachers and schools with technological resources to expand student learning.

A fixture in more than 114 countries, Partners in Learning helps teachers and school leaders more effectively use technology in teaching and learning by providing professional development, insights on best practices and access to online communities. The program also celebrates innovative teachers through a global competition, and measures the impact that innovative teaching practice has in student learning outcomes. The program is Microsoft’s largest education initiative, reaching more than 8 million teachers and school leaders worldwide.

Bernard has also held a number of other globally focused consumer marketing and communications positions at Microsoft. He was part of the Xbox launch team, Windows Mobile, and worked on a project to bring technology to people in developing countries, specifically through the distribution of low-cost PCs. 

Between 2006 and 2008, Bernard was recruited to serve as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for World Learning, an international non-profit focused on educational exchange and international development in 70 countries. As part of a new senior leadership team, Bernard built and led an award-winning marketing and communications department that was responsible for redefining the organization’s brand, market position and communications strategy. 

Prior to joining Microsoft in 1999, Bernard spent eight years in a variety of marketing, public relations and communications roles working for non-profits, agencies and corporations in Chicago. He also lived in Kenya for six years and has traveled extensively around Africa and other parts of the world. 

A frequent speaker at international conferences, Bernard holds a degree (with honors) from the EW Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.