Last week, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint several individuals to the President’s third Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Among them was Rabbi Steve Gutow, President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and a recipient of both a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas. Rabbi Gutow also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the St. Louis University Law School up until 2004. The Whitehouse noted that he has helped lead the “Fighting Poverty with Faith” interfaith initiatives since 2008 and the anti-hunger Seder events at the U.S. Capitol since 2009. From 2008 to 2009, Rabbi Gutow served as Chair of the Save Darfur Coalition, and currently serves as executive committee member of its successor organization, United to End Genocide. He is the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, which was founded in 1990. Rabbi Gutow has served as a member of the Board of Faith in Public Life from 2010 to 2013. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment and has served on its executive committee since 2012.
The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations.The charge for this Council focuses on steps the government should take to reduce poverty and inequality and create opportunity for all, including changes in policies, programs, and practices that affect the delivery of services by faith-based and community organizations and the needs of low-income and other underserved persons.