Welcome to USCIRF


Gayle Manchin, Chair
Appointed by:
 Honorable Charles Schumer (D), Senate Minority Leader, for a term expiring in May 2022.
Gayle Manchin is the former First Lady of West Virginia, where she served as the official hostess of the Governor's Mansion and an advocate for West Virginia children and families. She has spoken both at a state and national level on challenges of rural education, poverty, and the responsibility and accountability of teachers, principals, students and parents in raising student achievement. Gayle Manchin's full bio here.
Tony Perkins, Vice Chair
Appointed byHonorable Mitch McConnell (R), Senate Majority Leader, for a term expiring in May 2022.
Tony Perkins has served as the president of the Family Research Council (FRC), a religious public policy organization that provides research and advocacy on issues related to religious freedom, since 2003. Before joining FRC, he was a representative in the Louisiana Legislature, to which he was elected in 1996. Tony Perkins's full bio here.


Anurima Bhargava, Vice Chair
Appointed by: Honorable Nancy Pelosi (D), House Leader, for a term expiring in May 2022.  

Anurima Bhargava is a civil rights lawyer with extensive experience in various roles advocating for members of underrepresented communities. Before founding Anthem of Us, where she currently serves as President, Bhargava was the Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she led the Division’s efforts to provide equal educational opportunities for all students. Anurima Bhargava's full bio here.


Gary L. Bauer, Commissioner
Appointed by: President Donald J. Trump, for a term expiring in May 2021. 
Gary L. Bauer currently serves as President of American Values, a public policy think tank, and as Washington Director of Christians United for Israel Action Fund. He held several positions in the administration of President Ronald Reagan. He was Deputy Under Secretary of Education from 1982-1985 and Under Secretary of Education from 1985-1987.  He then was appointed Assistant to the President for Policy Development, a position he held until January 1989. After leaving the Reagan White House, Gary Bauer served as a Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family and President of the Family Research Council. Gary Bauer's full bio here.


James W. Carr, Commissioner
Appointed by: Honorable Kevin McCarthy (R), House Minority Leaderfor a term expiring in May 2022. 

Dr. James W. Carr is currently President and Chairman of Highland Home Holdings an investment fund. Before retirement in 2019, he had served as Executive Vice President and Professor of Business of Harding University. for 25 years. In 2005, Jim was nominated by George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to an appointment on The National Security Education Board. James Carr's full bio here.

Frederick A. Davie, Commissioner
Appointed byHonorable Charles Schumer (D), Senate Minority Leader, for a term expiring in May 2022. 
Frederick A. Davie is the Executive Vice President of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, where he serves as an advisor to the President for the structure and administration of the executive office, strategic planning, institutional advancement, and vision implementation. He is also the chief administrative officer at the Union Theological Seminary. He came to Union from the Arcus Foundation, where he served as Interim Executive Director and Senior Director of the Social Justice and LGBT Programs. Frederick Davie's full bio here.
Nadine Maenza, Commissioner
Appointed by: President Donald J. Trump, for a term expiring in May 2022. 
Nadine is the founding Executive Director of Patriot Voices, where she has provided her expertise to shape the organization's special emphasis on public policies that help working families. Drawing on her extensive network and coalition-building experiences, she has helped build unique coalitions on issues such as paid family leave, health care, and tax reform. She also served as the Chairman of Hardwired Global, an organization working to stop religious oppression around the world. She has advised several major organizations on faith engagement, policy development, and strategic partnerships through The Clapham Group including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The College Board, The Anne E. Casey Foundation, and the Humane Society of the United States. Nadine Maenza's full bio here. 
Appointed by: President Donald J. Trump, for a term expiring in May 2022.
Johnnie Moore is founder and CEO of the KAIROS Company, a public relations consultancy. Previously he served as Senior Vice President for Communications at Liberty University. He also served as Chief of Staff and Vice President of Faith Content for the United Artists Media Group. Johnnie Moore's full bio here.


 Nury Turkel, Commissioner
Appointed byHonorable Nancy Pelosi (D), House Leader, for a term expiring in May 2022. 
Nury Turkel is a lawyer and Uyghur rights advocate. He has served as the president of the Uyghur American Association, where he led efforts to raise the profile of the Uyghur people in the United States, including organizing and leading the campaign to obtain the release of a Uyghur prisoner of conscience, Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, in March 2005. In addition, Turkel was co-founder, the first Executive Director, and Board Chair of the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP). Nury Turkel's full bio here.