President Barack Obama named a new chief this week at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Melissa Rogers, who formerly chaired the Presidential Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will now lead the high profile religious outreach office. A Baylor University graduate, Rogers previously served as General Counsel for Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and Executive Director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. She most recently led Wake Forest University’s Center for Religion and Public Affairs and worked as a Senior Fellow for the Brookings Institution.
Joshua DuBois, who led White House Faith-Based office in President Obama’s first term, declared, “There is no better person to lead the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and bring the federal government into deeper, effective and constitutional partnership with faith-based and other nonprofit groups around the country.” He declared her to be a “stalwart advocate for religious freedom, playing a critical role in the implementation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and enactment of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, two of our country's most important religious freedom statutes.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations
Published: March 15, 2013