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The USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships was established by President Obama in 2009. He recognized that today we face big challenges as a country that cannot be solved in Washington, D.C. alone. Instead, progress requires innovative, community-based solutions. That's why we need to partner with you-with faith-based and community organizations that work every day to solve our nation's challenges and strengthen our communities.


United States Department of Agriculture Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships


The USDA Center is among 13 Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships across Federal agencies. Others include: Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security, U.S. Agency for International Development, Veterans Affairs, Commerce, Education, Corporation for National and Community Service, Justice, Labor, Small Business Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Each Center forms partnerships between its agency and faith-based and neighborhood organizations to advance specific goals, and all of the Centers are coordinated by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships forms partnerships between government at all levels and non-profit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to more effectively serve Americans in need. In addition to coordinating the 13 Federal Centers, it also coordinates the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The President's Advisory Council is made up of religious and secular community leaders serving one year terms. The Council is responsible for submitting recommendations for how the federal government can more effectively partner with faith and community-based organizations.


Leadership Biographies

Norah Deluhery is the Acting Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. As Policy Advisor for Let's Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, she supported and expanded outreach to local and national stakeholders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Deluhery joined the White House staff while she was serving as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at the USDA, which promotes the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting science-based dietary guidance and administering USDA's 15 nutrition assistance programs. She received her bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and is originally from Iowa.

Roxana Barillas is the Deputy Director of the US Department of Agriculture's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Prior to this position, Ms. Barillas was Policy Advisor at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, where she worked on domestic poverty issues with a focus on agriculture, conservation, rural development, and anti-hunger efforts, including nutrition assistance programs. She received her bachelor's degree in international studies at American University and her master's degree in public policy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Originally from El Salvador, Barillas has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for over 30 years.