At a Glance
- Career History: Director of Religious Outreach, Obama campaign (2008);
- Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
- Alma Mater: Boston University, B.A. (political science) 2003
- Religion: Pentecostal Christian
Path to Power
DuBois was born in Bar Harbor, Maine. His stepfather was an itinerant minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, so he spent much of his childhood on the move.
He lived in Cambridge, Mass., as a young child. But he was mostly raised in Nashville, Tenn., and considers it his hometown. He attended high school in Xenia, Ohio.
DuBois heads the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and also oversees the Centers for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in each executive agency.
The office acts as a liaison between faith and secular community groups and the White House, often partnering with them to tackle social issues. It also helps these groups apply for federal grants available to them.
DuBois "is a very close confidant and adviser to President Obama, so this demonstrates the president is very committed to working with faith groups and organizations in this country," said Burns Strider, who was DuBois's counterpart on the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign and now does faith-based political consulting. "He's put a trusted adviser to run it so it can hit the ground running."
Before he worked in Obama's senate office, DuBois worked for Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) as an intern and then as a fellow for Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.).