Joan Mooney, President and CEO
Joan Mooney leads The Faith & Politics Institute in fulfilling its mission as well as charting the course for the long-term strategic vision and health of the organization. She works closely with political leaders at the intersection of their values and public service; guides programming, development and communications efforts of Institute professionals at Faith & Politics; and serves as the chief spokeswoman of the organization.
President Barack Obama nominated Mooney in May 2009 and the U.S. Senate confirmed her to serve as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, leading Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the second largest federal Department. Mooney led Congressional efforts to secure a doubling of agency funding for veterans and execution of its programming. In 2014, she retired from federal service receiving the Exceptional Service Award, the highest commendation for senior leader performance. Mooney served as House Director of Congressional Affairs for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee. She began a long Hill career in 1987, heading the Washington office of Illinois Congressman Terry Bruce and as a Chief of Staff for Oregon Congresswoman Darlene Hooley from 1997-2009. Mooney was also Washington Representative to the American Academy of Ophthalmology from 1991-1997.