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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

Photo of Norah Deluhery, Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Norah Deluhery serves as the Director of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at USDA with a mission to connect both secular and faith-based organizations to government resources to aid underserved communities across rural America. In 2012, Deluhery completed a detail to the White House as Policy Advisor for First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative, which aims to end childhood obesity in a generation. Deluhery expanded outreach to local and national stakeholders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Prior to working at the White House, Deluhery served 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. FNCS programs seek to end hunger in the United States and provide nutrition assistance as well as federal dietary guidance, nutrition policy coordination, and nutrition education.

In 2008, Deluhery worked on the Obama campaign as a field organizer in northern rural Iowa as well as a volunteer in several state primaries. Prior to joining the campaign, she worked at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York City. A proud native of Davenport, Iowa, Deluhery graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. with a degree in English and a minor in vocal performance.

Photo of Marcus Brownrigg, Acting Deputy Director for the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Marcus Brownrigg currently serves as the Acting Deputy Director for the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Agriculture. Prior to this he served as the Pathways Program Senior Advisor to USDA's Chief Human Capital Officer. In this capacity he was responsible for providing the overall management and administration of USDA Pathways Programs and served as liaison between the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and USDA Mission Area Human Resources Directors (MAHRD's). Prior to this role, Mr. Brownrigg served as USDA's Office of Human Resource Management's (OHRM) Chief of Departmental Human Resources Operations Branch.

In 2012, he served as the Special Assistant to the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources at the Department of Veterans Affairs while on a six month detail as part of the SES career development program. He has also held multiple leadership positions at USDA's Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS) from 2003 to 2010. Prior to his positions at USDA, he worked at DC Department of Human Services, U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and AmeriCorps. He entered into federal service in 1998 as a Presidential Management Fellow. He received his BA and MPA from Auburn University and he is a graduate of American University's Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program.