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Photo of Dr. Daniel Mark Vice ChairmanDr. Daniel Mark, Chairman
Appointed by: Hon. Paul Ryan (R), Speaker of the House for a term expiring in May 2018
Daniel Mark is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University, where he has taught since 2013. He teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American political thought, and politics and religion. At Villanova, he is a faculty associate of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good, and he holds the rank of battalion professor in Villanova’s Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps unit. Dr. Daniel Mark's full bio here.

Photo of Sandra Jolley CommissionerSandra Jolley, Vice Chairwoman
Appointed by: Hon. Harry Reid (D), Senate Minority Leader for a term expiring in May 2018
A leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sandra Jolley has spent decades in Nevada advocating for women and families. Jolley served as co-chairman of the Las Vegas Area Public Communications Committee of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and facilitated interfaith and community outreach for the church. Sandra Jolley's full bio here.

Photo of Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz CommissionerKristina Arriaga, Vice Chairwoman
Appointed byHon. Paul Ryan (R), Speaker of the House, for a term expiring in May 2018
For over 20 years, Arriaga has worked on the defense of religious freedom internationally and domestically as Advisor to the United States delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, an appointee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and as the Executive Director of Becket Law, a U.S.-based public interest law firm that defends the free expression of all religious traditions.  Kristina Arriaga's full bio here.

 

Appointed by: Hon. Nancy Pelosi (D), House Minority Leader, for a term expiring in May 2018
Tenzin Dorjee (Ph.D. , University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). His primary teaching and research interests are intergroup, intercultural, and intergenerational communication, identity issues, peace building, and conflict resolution.  Dr. Tenzin Dorjee's full bio here.
Appointed byMitch McConnell (R), Senate Majority Leader, for a term expiring in May 2018
Clifford D. May is the founder and president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a nonpartisan policy institute focusing on national security created immediately following the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Mr. May has had a long and distinguished career in international relations, journalism, communications and politics. Clifford D. May's full bio here.
 

Photo of Rev. Thomas J. Reese S.J.Fr. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., Commissioner
Appointed by: Barack Obama, President, for a term expiring in May 2018
Fr. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., is a Senior Analyst for Religion News Service. Formerly he was a columnist at the National Catholic Reporter from 2014 to 2017. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center from 2006 to 2013 and from 1988 to 1998. He joined the Center as a Visiting Fellow in 1985. He was Editor-in-Chief of America magazine from 1998 to 2005 and an associate editor from 1978 to 1985. Fr. Thomas J. Reese's full bio here.

Photo of Dr. John RuskayCommissionerDr. John Ruskay, Commissioner
Appointed byBarack Obama, President, for a term expiring in May 2018
Dr. John Ruskay is Executive Vice President emeritus of UJA-Federation of New York, a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and a senior partner of JRB Consulting Services.  Dr. John Ruskay's full bio here.

Photo of Ambassador Jackie Wolcott CommissionerAmbassador Jackie Wolcott, Commissioner
Appointed by: Hon. Mitch McConnell (R), Senate Majority Leader, for a term expiring in May 2018
Ambassador Wolcott served as USCIRF’s Executive Director from February 2010 through December 2015. Prior to joining USCIRF, the Ambassador had a long career in government executive positions, serving as Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Security Council.  Ambassador Jackie Wolcott's full bio here.