Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Rabbi Steve Gutow, founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Council brings together leaders in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations in order to provide recommendations to the Administration on identifying avenues to improve the partnerships it forms to assist people in need.
The White House announcement shares Rabbi Gutow's experience in the Jewish and interfaith community:
Rabbi Steve Gutow is President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a position he has held since 2005. In 2004, he served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the St. Louis University Law School. Rabbi Gutow 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. Rabbi Gutow 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. Rabbi Gutow received a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.H.L. from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Quoted in the announcement yesterday, President Obama said, “I am confident that these outstanding men and women will serve the American people well, and I look forward to working with them.”
Rabbi Gutow founded NJDC in 1990 as the national voice for Jewish Democrats. He has built a strong legacy of mobilizing interfaith communities towards positive change. We wish him the best in his endeavors. Mazel Tov!
You can read the announcement here.