This event occurred on April 29, 2008
The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
Georgetown University
berkleycenter.georgetown.edu

What role do faith-based initiatives play in US foreign policy? Jay Hein, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, outlined the efforts of the Bush Administration to collaborate with faith-inspired organizations, particularly in Africa. Through targeted funding and cooperative networks, the White House program has helped to support the struggle against HIV/AIDS and malaria, to draw public attention to pressing development challenges, and new ways to address them. The ensuing discussion centered on the proper relationship between secular governments and religious organizations in addressing common policy agendas.

Jay Hein currently serves as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He is the founding president of the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, an international public policy research firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jay also was Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for American Renewal, a public charity established by Ambassador Daniel R. Coats. The foundation provides financial grants and other support to community-based organizations and educates the general public on effective compassion principles and practices. Jay earned a master's degree in Political Studies at the University of Illinois-Springfield and a B.A. at Eureka College, where he was an inaugural member of the Ronald W. Reagan Fellowship program.

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