​Michael Warder established The Warder Consultancy LLC in August 2014 to serve in areas including advancement, public affairs, public issues, and media relations. Previ0usly he served as Vice Chancellor of Pepperdine University from April 2005 through July 2014. He continues to act as a consultant for Pepperdine and  as a Senior Fellow of its graduate School of Public Policy.


Mr. Warder was Executive Director of The Southern California Children’s Scholarship Fund (2001-2005) a program that supported over 9,200 partial scholarships for children from low-income families on the West Coast. He has held
a variety of executive positions with leading public policy research corporations. These included Vice President for Development for The Claremont Institute (1995-2001) in California; Executive Vice President and Treasurer of The Rockford Institute in Illinois (1985-1995); Executive Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC (1983-84); and Director of Administration of The Heritage Foundation (1980-’83), also in Washington, DC.


Mr. Warder has written newspaper columns on a variety of topics for hundreds of newspapers including: The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union Tribune, and many others. While in Illinois he was a weekly columnist for the Rockford Register Star (1991-92), and was for four years an award-winning weekly commentator for WNIJ, the NPR affiliate for Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. He has appeared as a guest on a wide variety of television and radio programs including: Fox’s O’Reilly Factor, ABC’s Politically Incorrect, MSNBC’s Internight, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, KCET’s Life & Times, PBS’s Frontline, CBS News, and many others. In the course of his career he has organized, marketed and led delegations to the former Soviet Union, the Baltics, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Rome, Jerusalem, China, and India. He was a delegate to the 2013 APEC meeting in Bali and organized 28 trips to Asia and the Middle East since 2006.


With his biography in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World,  he is
a member of the Philadelphia Society, Foothills Lincoln Club of LA County, The Republican Party, and is a Board member of the American Civil Rights Institute.
He is a 1968 graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Political Science.
Now residing in Upland, California, he is married to the former Cheryl Gilkerson. They have three grown children.




Michael Y. Warder, Sr.

2172 Malati Circle

Upland, CA 91784