President Barack Obama has named Joshua DuBois, a young Pentecostal minister, as the head of the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The official announcement came as part of Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Who’s Joshua DuBois?
Joshua DuBois is a 26-year-old who served as the religious outreach director on Obama’s presidential campaign. Before his political work, DuBois served as an associate pastor at the Calvary Praise and Worship Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was only 18 when he took on the post. DuBois holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University.
What Will His Role Be?
Joshua DuBois’ job as head of the Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is expected to differ from that of his predecessor in the Bush administration. Obama has indicated that in addition to advising local religious leaders on how to get federal funding, the role will now also include working with them on social service outreach and tying their efforts into the administration’s fights against problems such as poverty.
More on Josh DuBois
For more information about Josh DuBois, visit this Wall Street Journal profile written during the presidential campaign.