As the president of Asian American Cultural Exchange Association, Bernard Salera continues a career with a heavy emphasis on public service and multi-cultural outreach. Having studied political philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in the 1960s, Mr. Salera joined with the Philadelphia Board of Education and the Consul General of Italy to put on “Why the World Needs Dante Today,” a seminar dedicated to The Divine Comedy poet Dante Alighieri. During the celebration of Philadelphia's 300th anniversary in the 1980s, he organized community events honoring the city and its sister city, Florence, Italy. In his current endeavor, Bernard Salera connects Chinese exchange students with American families and private schools.
Before starting the Asian American Cultural Exchange Association, Bernie Salera spent 13 years as the director of the Classical Arts Cable Network. Having discovered a love for music listening to his father's classical records, he created this group in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, to spread culture among the region. The Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition; and the Curtis Institute of Music represent a few of the items featured on this service. In one of Bernie Salera's most notable accomplishments with this group, he hosted a concert featuring instrumental music, opera, and ballet on the Biddle Estate in Bensalem to celebrate that town's tercentennial.