Obama appoints National Commander to key post

Commissioner David Jeffrey to serve on advisory council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

President Barack Obama appointed National Commander Commissioner David Jeffrey to the third Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships along with 17 other leaders from around the country.

“I am confident that these outstanding men and women will serve the American people well, and I look forward to working with them,” Obama said in a statement.

The president’s council brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations. It 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.

“I look forward to joining the council, sharing The Salvation Army’s experience in fighting poverty and learning from others on the front lines,” Jeffrey said. “We serve 30 million people a year in the United States, providing relief from hunger, homelessness, addiction, violence and hopelessness.”

Jeffrey has served in a variety of roles in The Salvation Army since 1972 and has been the national commander since 2013.

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