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Michael Wear is the CEO and President of the Center for Christianity and Public Life. Previously, he was Founder of Public Square Strategies LLC. He is a leading expert at the intersection of faith, politics, and American public life. As one of President Obama’s “ambassadors to America’s believers” (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in American history, working in the Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Michael is author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America, and he is often published or quoted in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, USA Today and more.

Melissa Wear works in foreign policy, international development and cultural relations in Washington, DC as the Owner and Principal Consultant of Public Square Strategies, LLC. She has a Master’s in European Politics and likes to take the newsletter outside of the US to look at other areas of the world.

And yes, Melissa and Michael are married (adorable that they do this newsletter together, right?) and are raising their daughters, Saoirse and Ilaria, in Maryland.

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Melissa and Michael are experts at the intersection of faith, politics, and public life both in the US and abroad.
Melissa is coauthor and cohost of the Wear We Are newsletter and podcast. She is also a part-time owner and consultant for Public Square Strategies.
Michael Wear is Founder of Public Square Strategies, and author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America.