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Chartese Burnett

Chartese is currently the President of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Greater DC-Maryland.


The Society exists to make sure that people living with this unpredictable and often disabling disease that affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide live their best lives. Prior to her tenure at the National MS Society, she served three years as Senior National Director of National Partnerships at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkins Disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.


Berry served six years as Vice President of Communications for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, where she was responsible for leading the team's efforts in public relations, media relations, and community relations from their inaugural season in 2005 until March 2010. In 2009, Berry was nominated as Sports Executive of the Year by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. 

Prior to coming to the Nationals, Chartese enjoyed a brief tenure with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs. At NASA, Chartese was responsible for leading Public Affairs programs, including Special Events, Astronaut Appearances, Exhibits, Visual Identity, and Space Shuttle Launch Guest Operations. Before then, Chartese served five years as Assistant Vice President of Communications for PLAYERS INC, the licensing and marketing for-profit arm of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). From 1991-1993, Burnett was Assistant Media Relations Director with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in New York. Chartese began her career in sports communications at her alma mater Georgetown University in 1987, where she served four years in the Sports Information Office, before departing as Director of Sports Information in 1991. 

Chartese has a passion for philanthropy and making an impact in the lives of others as she has served on the board as well as on leadership and host committees of many local charitable organizations; including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Becky's Fund, Reading is Fundamental and Heart of America Foundation. 

Berry has two daughters Lisette (23) and Giovanna (13).