Joshua DuBois

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DuBois in July 2009.

Joshua DuBois (born in 1982) led community and faith-based partnerships for the Obama White House as the former head of the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Executive Office of the President of the United States.[1][2][3] In February 2013 he stepped down to write a book of devotionals based on the ones he sends Obama, start a consulting firm, and become the weekly religion and community solutions columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.[4][5] DuBois has been included among "The Root 100" and Ebony Magazine's "Power 150" lists of the most influential African Americans in the country.[6]He also appeared on the cover of Christianity Today magazine as one of the 33 most influential Christian leaders under 33.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

DuBois graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in political science. From there, he went on to Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he earned a master's degree in public affairs in 2005. Meanwhile, he worked as an aide to Representative Rush D. Holt, Jr.


After watching Barack Obama's speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention on television, DuBois decided to work for Obama, then a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Eventually, Obama hired him as a Senate aide. In 2008, DuBois was religious affairs director for the Obama presidential campaign.

In the White House, DuBois managed President Obama's fatherhood initiative,[8] as well as the administration's work on religion in foreign affairs.[9] He also began the tradition of the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.[10]

DuBois served as an informal spiritual advisor to President Obama, and still sends the President a devotional message each morning.[11] Obama remarked at the National Prayer Breakfast that these devotions "mean the world to me."[12]

DuBois has authored three cover stories for Newsweek magazine, including "The Fight for Black Men",[13] which historian Taylor Branch called "stunning".[14]

DuBois is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Values Partnerships, a consultancy that has worked with clients including ABC's Shark Tank, Paramount Pictures, Oprah Winfrey and The OWN Network, The History Channel, A&E Networks and more on broad-scale community engagement campaigns.[15]

DuBois grew up in Nashville, the son of an African Methodist Episcopal pastor, Antoni-Sinkfield. His early religious foundations were found in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

On April 7, 2014, DuBois delivered the latest in the series of William Belden Noble Lectures at Harvard University, joining Theodore Roosevelt, Dr. Francis Collins and others who have delivered the annual lecture.


  1. ^ "Obama to unveil new Faith-Based office". CNN. February 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Pick for faith-based office earns praise". JTA. February 1, 2009. 
  3. ^ "DuBois, 26, to Head Faith Office". The Washington Post. January 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ "My Take: What's next for President Obama's 'pastor-in-chief'". 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  5. ^ "Joshua DuBois". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
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  8. ^ Gordy, Cynthia (2010-06-21). "Joshua DuBois on Obama's Fatherhood Initiative". Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  9. ^ Joshua DuBois. "The White House, Religion, and Global Affairs | The White House". Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  10. ^ Joshua DuBois. "White House Hosts 2nd Annual Easter Prayer Breakfast | The White House". Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  11. ^ "Pastor to the President: Obama's Spiritual Advisor on Faith in the White House - ABC News". 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  12. ^ "Remarks by the President at the National Prayer Breakfast | The White House". 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  13. ^ "Obama’s Former Spiritual Advisor Joshua DuBois on The Fight for Black Men - Newsweek". 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  14. ^ "Twitter / taylorbranch: Please read this stunning piece". 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
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