Dr. Eboo Patel is a Gujurati-American Muslim, and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. While going to school, Patel noticed that conversations around multiculturalism and multiple identities did not involve religious identity. He felt that diversity, service, and faith were important parts of civic life but found no community organization that touched on all three, specifically one that worked with young people. He established interfaith youth projects in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. In 2002, he founded the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Patel is a member of President Barack Obama's Inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships.