Adam Phillips

Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships & Local, Faith and Transformative Partnerships at USAID

Adam Nicholas Phillips is the Biden-Harris Administration appointee to lead USAID’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Partnerships Center at USAID is part of the White House’s Interagency Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership efforts, and serves as a critical partner with civil society around international development, humanitarian work, and diplomacy. The Partnerships Center at USAID is working to strengthen democracy and stand with others on the path toward self-reliance and resilience, in addition to addressing the global COVID-19, climate, and human rights crises. He is also the director of the Local, Faith and Transformative Partnerships Hub within the Development, Democracy and Innovation Bureau, overseeing the one-stop-shop to non-traditional partnerships. This includes locally-led development initiatives, new partnerships, minority supporting institutions, and American Schools and Hospitals Abroad.

For two decades Adam has served as a pastor, movement organizer, and strategist, working at the intersection of faith and public life. Leading inclusive and multi-faith mobilization efforts for The ONE Campaign, Bread For The World, World Vision, Union for Affirming Christians, Mike Bloomberg 2020, and Faith 2020 he has a proven track record on national faith organizing to bring about broad-based transformation. A TEDx speaker, his work has also been featured in The Atlantic, CNN, Washington Post, NPR, Huffington Post, Relevant Magazine and the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club. He is relocating with his family to Washington, DC from Portland where he founded and led Christ Church: Portland, the first of its kind inclusive faith community in Oregon.

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