Joshua DuBois is one of our country's leading experts on faith, politics and the public square, and outreach to religious organizations. He is the author of the bestselling book The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama. Joshua led the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in Obama's first term and was called the President's "Pastor-in-Chief" by TIME Magazine. Joshua now leads Values Partnerships, a firm that creates faith-based partnerships for the public, private and non-profit sector. He is also the weekly religion and values columnist for The Daily Beast. Joshua's work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, PBS, CNN and elsewhere. He hails from Nashville, Tennessee, and currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Michelle.
Michael Wear is a Founding Partner of Values Partnerships, a new social enterprise connecting organizations to the faith community to create private impact and public good. Michael is one of America's top voices at the intersection of faith and culture, having served as President Obama's National Faith Vote Director on the 2012 Obama for America campaign. Michael was also a leader in the White House faith-based initiative, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts. Michael maintains one of the nation's largest relational networks of influencers in the faith community. Michael currently writes for The Atlantic and Relevant Magazine on faith, politics and culture. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Michelle DuBois is a Founding Partner of Values Partnerships where she manages all of the firm's operations and provides strategic advice on select client engagement. Michelle comes to Values Partnerships from the U.S Department of Commerce where she served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of General Counsel. In that role she provided strategic advice to the General Counsel on complex operational and legal issues. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Director of the National Export Initiative, a Presidential initiative at the Department of Commerce aimed at doubling U.S. exports to markets across the globe. Michelle holds a Bachelors Degree and Juris Doctorate from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
Safiya Jafari Simmons is a Partner with Values Partnerships, responsible for developing creative media and public relations strategies for the firm's clients. With nearly 15 years of communications experience spanning traditional journalism, public relations and grassroots engagement, Safiya has a passion for crafting and sharing stories. She most recently served as Press Secretary to Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Previously she was National Media and Communications Strategist for Save The Children's Campaign for Healthy Kids and spokeswoman for then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee and DC Public Schools. Safiya earned her BA in Journalism from Lehigh University and has a Master's in Writing. The Richmond, VA, native lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Enrique, and their three children.
Paul Monteiro is a Partner with Values Partnerships. He comes to VPI from The White House, where he served as Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement. Paul led the White House's outreach to faith-based organizations with a particular focus on African American religious groups; Arab Americans; anti-poverty groups; and gun safety advocates. He also coordinated the White House Mentorship Program for young men in local high schools. Paul worked as the national deputy director for faith outreach on the 2008 Obama for America campaign. He earned his J.D. from Howard University School of Law and a BA from the University of Maryland. He is widely known as one of the country's leading experts on Black church engagement, Muslim American and Dharmic community outreach, as well as various efforts to strengthen the social safety net.