Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

About the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

The President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships brings together leaders and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations in order to make recommendations to the Administration on how to improve the partnerships it forms to serve people in need. The Council is charged with:

  • Identifying best practices and successful modes of delivering social services
  • Evaluating the need for improvements in the implementation and coordination of public policies relating to faith-based and neighborhood organizations
  • Making recommendations to the President and the Administration on changes in policies, programs, and practices

The Council, after conducting its research, reviews, and deliberation, submits written reports of its recommendations. Learn more about the previous President's Advisory Council here.

President's Advisory Council 2012

The issue of trafficking in persons and modern day slavery has been the focus of the current Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Read the Council's April 2013 report on this subject, Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern Day Slavery

Current Members of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships:


Council Chair: Susan K. Stern
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Jewish Federations of North America

Leith Anderson
National Association of Evangelicals

Angela Glover Blackwell

Brian Gallagher
United Way Worldwide

Bishop Mark Hanson
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Lynne Hybels
Willow Creek Community Church

The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Episcopal Church

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld
The Rabbinical Assembly

Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Sister Marlene Weisenbeck
Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)

Reverend Elder Nancy L. Wilson
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches

Miaohong Hsiangju Liu
Buddha's Light International Association

Barbara Williams Skinner
Skinner Leadership Institute

Elder Steven Snow
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS)

Maria Nagorski
Fair Chance

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