Jannah Scott

Gateway International Bible College

Jannah Scott is a Strategist, Planner, Advisor, Public Policy Expert, who has served in many capacities with faith, government, business and the nonprofit community.

For eight years, Jannah served in President Obama’s administration as Deputy Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In that role, Jannah guided the engagement of faith-based and community groups on issues of resilience integration, emergency preparedness and response; countering violent extremism; religious accommodations in homeland security; H1N1 and other issues within Homeland Security. 

Her most recent endeavors included an assessment and engagement process in cities across the nation to promote the affiliation of diverse faith-based & community groups with local police, fire and emergency management agencies (Building Resilience with Diverse Communities).

Jannah also helped groups get connected with President Obama’s White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the other federal centers for faith-based and community initiatives. She also served as the Policy Advisor on Faith and Community Initiatives to former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, where she represented the Governor with community investment coalitions, faith leaders, cities and counties to establish local initiatives aimed at serving in international missions and among the poorest and most vulnerable citizens of that state. 

As part of her international work, Jannah has been an Arizona delegate on several faith and civil society exchange journeys with Arizona government and business leaders. She also hosted, with the Bush White House, the first-ever jointly –sponsored faith-based and community convening, bringing together over 2,000 faith and community leaders, elected officials and philanthropy organizations to seek solutions to common problems.

Jannah is an associate with the International Foundation and a host to the annual National Prayer Breakfast. 

She has a graduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Public Health Planning and Policy, and an honorary Doctorate of Theology from the Gateway International Bible College in Phoenix, Arizona. Jannah has five children and ten grandchildren.

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