Stephen Schneck, PhD

Executive Director

Prior to his coming to Franciscan Action Network, Stephen Schneck was Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America, where he was also a frequent media source for queries about Catholicism and contemporary public issues, having offered commentary for most national print, radio, television, and online news sources. He writes regularly for Catholic and religious media.

In recent decades, Schneck has been a prominent activist for Catholic causes and social justice in American public life. In 2015 President Obama appointed him to the White House Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, working on poverty issues and racism. In addition to his work for Franciscan Action Network, he currently also serves on the governing boards for Sojourners, Catholic Climate Covenant, and Catholic Mobilizing Network.

A political philosopher by training, Schneck received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and was a professor for more than thirty years at The Catholic University of America.  During his tenure, he also served as department chair and dean. His academic books and articles concern political philosophy and Catholic social thought.

Born and raised in Iowa, where he was formed in Franciscan spirituality by the Sisters of Saint Francis, Schneck now lives in the Washington, DC area.

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