Office of Religion and Global Affairs

The Office of Religion and Global Affairs (S/RGA) works to implement the National Strategy on Religious Leader and Faith Community Engagement through three overarching roles for the Department. The office advises the Secretary on policy matters as they relate to religion; supports our posts and bureaus in their efforts to assess religious dynamics and engage religious actors; and serves as a first point of entry for individuals, both religious and secular, who would like to engage the State Department in Washington on matters of religion and global affairs.

In order to maximize strategic collaboration between special envoys and representatives working at the intersection of religion and foreign policy, the Secretary consolidated a number of existing offices within the Office of Religion and Global Affairs. The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, the Special Representative to Muslim Communities, and the Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation are now part of the Office of Religion and Global Affairs but maintain their special mandates.

The office collaborates regularly with other government officials and offices focused on religion-related issues, including the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, USAID’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.