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Rene Carbone Bardorf joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) in 2017 as the Senior Vice President of Government and Community Affairs. As a subject matter expert on policy and government affairs, Renee coordinates efforts with all WWP programs to help direct policy shaped by Congress, the White House, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs in support of empowering wounded warriors, veterans and families.

As the organization's senior representative in the National Capital Region, Bardorf will work collaboratively with federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs; congressional leaders; businesses; and other nonprofit organizations. This effort will enhance the impacts of WWP's direct programs and charitable investments to empower this generation of wounded veterans and raise public awareness of the needs of our nation's warriors and their families.  

Bardorf joins WWP from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), where she served as the Chief Communications Officer for the largest and longest-standing global defense industry association and led the organization's corporate relations, community outreach, and communications strategy.

Prior to NDIA, Bardorf held the appointed position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, where she served as a principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on matters related to public affairs and community outreach. Through policy change and proactive relationship cultivation across industry sectors, she established an unprecedented level of collaboration and transparency to support both the department's initiatives and the needs of the nation's all-volunteer force.

Bardorf also served as the founding Executive Director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, where she led a venture-philanthropy model for grant-making that found and funded the most effective programs to address the wide spectrum of challenges that service members and their families face after war. She was the Senior Advisor to the United States Marine Corps on Injured Support and was a founding member of the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment. In partnership with a small group of Marine Corps spouses, she was a co-founder of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

To see how Rene connects, serves, and empowers warriors in his role as government and community affairs director, click here.


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