Dec 17

Past Event

Four More Years for the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Event Materials


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The federal government has a long history of partnering with religious and secular charities in an effort to serve people in need. Former President George W. Bush formalized these efforts by creating a White House office and a number of centers across various federal agencies, and he also established a specific set of church-state rules to govern these partnerships. President Obama retained this White House office and has continued some Bush policies, while making notable changes in other areas.

On December 17, the religion, policy and politics project at Brookings hosted an event featuring comments from Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White House office, and other Obama administration officials on the past work and future plans for the office. Following the presentations, a panel of experts responded and offered their thoughts regarding priorities for this White House office during President Obama’s second term. Speakers will explore how the Obama and Bush White House offices differ, whether the office is succeeding in meeting the needs of people who are at the margins in today’s society, and what the prospects are for resolving contentious issues such as religion-based decision-making regarding government-funded jobs.

Brookings scholars E.J. Dionne and Melissa Rogers co-moderated the panels and took audience questions after each.

Event Agenda

  • 9:00 - 9:15

    Welcome and Introductions

  • 9:15 - 10:30

    Panel I: Past Work and Future Plans

    • Joshua DuBois

      Executive Director, Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

      The White House

    • Max Finberg

      Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

      The White House

    • Mara Vanderslice Kelly

      Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

      The White House

    • Brenda Girton Mitchell

      Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

      U.S. Department of Education

  • 10:45 - 12:00

    Panel II: Priorities for the Next Four Years

    • John DiIulio

      Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society and Professor of Political Science

      University of Pennsylvania

    • Stanley Carlson-Thies

      Founder and President

      Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance

    • Richard Foltin

      Director of National and Legislative Affairs

      American Jewish Committee (AJC)

    • Norma Pimentel

      Executive Director

      Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley


December 17, 2012

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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