For Immediate Release, August 8, 2012
Cathy Junia, IWJ Communications Director
773-710-9837 / firstname.lastname@example.org
National, August 8, 2012 — Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) is delighted to announce the hiring of its new Director of National Public Policy and IWJ Washington Office, The Rev. Michael Livingston.
Livingston joins IWJ from the National Council of Churches, where he was director of the Council's Poverty Initiative. Livingston was also NCC President from 2006 to 2007.
Livingston has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to social justice and interfaith work. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on July 27, 1975 and has been a member of the New Brunswick, N.J., Presbytery since 1985. Livingston has served the Presbytery of New Brunswick as chair of the Committee on Ministry. In the Presbyterian Synod of the Northeast he has chaired the Personnel Committee and was a member of the Women's Concerns Team and the Racial-Ethnic Task Force on Recruitment. At the national level, he has served on the denomination's former Vocation Agency, the Consulting Committee on Racial Ethnic Ministries, and more recently he chaired the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.
IWJ is thrilled to have Livingston join the team and lead its Washington, DC office.
As the National Public Policy Director, Livingston will oversee the organization’s public policy education and advocacy efforts.
“I am delighted to welcome Michael to IWJ. His long history of interfaith work, strong work experience at senior level in a number of social justice and faith-based organizations make him the best person for this position,” said IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo. “I and the rest of the staff and board members look forward to working with him.”
Livingston starts at IWJ, September 1.
Interfaith Worker Justice has been organizing, educating and advocating at the intersection of work and faith since 1996. There are 70 affiliated organizations in the IWJ network, including a variety of interfaith groups and more than two dozen worker centers. More groups form every year.