Rabbi David Saperstein
During his more than 30 years at the helm of the Religious Action Center, Rabbi Saperstein has headed several national religious coalitions, including the Coalition to Protect Religious Liberty.
In 1999, Rabbi Saperstein was elected as the first chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, created by a unanimous vote of Congress. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama as a member of the first White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He was also selected by Newsweek as the most influential rabbi in America.
In addition to his prolific writings, Rabbi Saperstein has taught seminars in First Amendment church-state law. He serves on the board of numerous national organizations including the NAACP, People for the American Way, National Religious Partnership on the Environment, and the World Bank's "World Faith Development Dialogue." A respected voice of the Jewish community, he also helped incubate the "shoulder-to-shoulder" campaign, an interfaith response to discrimination against Muslims.
President Obama has nominated Rabbi Saperstein to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.