Chicago's Eboo Patel Named to White House Council On Faith-Based And Neighborhood Partnerships

February 11, 2009

Author: Naazish YarKhan

Source: The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama has named Dr. Eboo Patel, Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), to the newly created White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The 25 member council is made up of religious and secular advisors who will guide decisions on both domestic and foreign policy issues.

Last week Joshua Dubois, director of faith outreach for the Obama campaign, was named Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which will house the Council. In addition to Dr. Patel, other members of the council include Jim Wallis, the founder of Sojourners, and Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

When informed of his selection, Dr. Patel said, "I am very honored to have been asked to serve on the President's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The organization I founded and lead, Interfaith Youth Core, shares President Obama's goal of using our faith traditions as a bridge to unite us all to work for the benefit of others and for what the President calls 'the betterment of our world.'"