I’m honored to be appointed as the director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. As many of you know, the mission of the Office is to form partnerships between the federal government and non-profit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to more effectively serve Americans in need.
I look forward to continuing the office’s work with our faith-based and secular partners to help expand the middle-class and build our economy through improved access to education, health care, and skills development. Another important task will be the continued implementation of the President Obama’s Executive Order that embodies common-ground reforms to strengthen these partnerships. This is a crucial step in ensuring that our partnerships are consistent with our Constitution and values.
I also look forward to continuing the office’s work with the Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships as it finalizes its recommendations regarding ways to end human trafficking.
And working together, our office will push forward with important initiatives like President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.
It is a privilege to serve President Obama and my fellow Americans by forging and promoting a wide range of effective partnerships to help people in need. I look forward to building on the work of those who came before me.
Melissa Rogers is a Special Assistant to President and Director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships