Kristina Arriaga, Vice Chair
Reappointed by: Hon. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Speaker of the House, for a term expiring in May 2020. Kristina Arriaga was first appointed to the Commission on May 13, 2016 by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). Arriaga has worked on the defense of Freedom of Religion or Belief in the United States and internationally for over 20 years as Advisor to the United States delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, an appointee to the Civil Rights Commission, and as the Executive Director of a U.S.-based public interest law firm that defends all religious traditions. Kristina Arriaga's full bio here.
Gary L. Bauer, Commissioner
Appointed by: President Donald J. Trump, for a term expiring in May 2019. 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.
Anurima Bhargava, Commissioner
Appointed by: Honorable Nancy Pelosi (D), House Leader, for a term expiring in May 2020. 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.
Appointed by: Hon. Charles Schumer (D), Senate Minority Leader, for a term expiring in May 2020. 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.
Appointed by: President Donald J. Trump, for a term expiring in May 2020. 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.