Secretary of State John Kerry to Launch Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 6, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry will announce on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 that he has selected a Special Advisor, Shaun Casey of Virginia, to head a new State Department Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. The announcement will be made in the Department’s Benjamin Franklin Room at 10:00 a.m.

The new office will set Department policy on engagement with faith-based communities and will work in conjunction with bureaus and posts to reach out to those communities to advance the Department’s diplomacy and development objectives. It will also work closely with faith communities to ensure that their voices are heard in the foreign policy process, including through continued collaboration with the Department's religion and foreign policy working group. The office will collaborate regularly with other government officials and offices focused on religious issues, including the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and the Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom.

Secretary Kerry will be joined at the Wednesday event by Special Advisor Shaun Casey.

The event will be open to the press and streamed live at

Pre set for video cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

For further information, please contact the Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492.

PRN: 2013/0967