Melissa Rogers

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Melissa Rogers is a non-resident senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. From 2013 to 2017 she served as special assistant to the president and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships under the Obama administration, having previously been chair of the inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Prior to that she was director of Wake Forest University Divinity School's Center for Religion and Public Affairs. Rogers has also served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Her areas of expertise include First Amendment clauses and religious organizations, religious expression in American public life, and the interplay of religion, policy, and politics. Rogers co-authored a case book on religion and law: Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court (2008). She holds a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from Baylor University.

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