Rashid Shabazz, Vice President of Communications, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Joshua DuBois, Founder and CEO of Values Partnerships
Joshua DuBois is the author of the bestselling book, The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama, and is one of our country’s leading voices on community partnerships, religion in the public square and issues impacting African American men. Joshua led the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in President Obama’s first term and was called the President’s “Pastor-in-Chief” by TIME Magazine. He spearheaded the White House’s work on responsible fatherhood, grassroots community partnerships and religion in foreign affairs, and brought together religious leaders from across the ideological spectrum to tackle the nation’s biggest challenges.
Rashid Shabazz joined the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs staff in March 2009 as a Program Officer with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. He provides strategic leadership on a range of priorities and initiatives including the Campaign’s media and communications’ efforts, the New York City Young Men’s Initiative, the Leadership and Sustainability Institute for Black Male Achievement and the Black Male Achievement Fellowship.
Prior to joining Open Society, Shabazz served as Senior Account Executive with Fenton Communications working on One Nation, a national initiative to shape public perception of American Muslims. With over 17 years of experience as a grassroots media and communications organizer, he has also been a contributing writer to several publications, including The Source and Trace magazines, and the Huffington Post.
Shabazz is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including, the West African Research Association (WARA) and the Open Society New York Community fellowship. He holds a B.A. in English from George Mason University, an M.A. in African studies from Yale University and an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He continues to blog for the Open Society Foundations website and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his beautiful wife and daughter.