Jedd Medefind

President, CAFO

Jedd Medefind loves journeying life with his wife and best friend, Rachel.  He also relishes time in the great outdoors with his five children—Siena, Marin, Eden, Lincoln, and Phoebe.  Most of all, he desires to reflect the love of Jesus Christ in all of life.

Jedd believes that loving service to vulnerable children transforms individuals, families, and entire communities.  He’s seen — and experienced — that lives are turned upside-down when people reflect God’s heart in action through adoption, foster care, and other service to orphans and vulnerable children and families worldwide.  This kind of love alters not only the lives of children, but also all those who open their hearts to welcome and care for them.  Churches can be transformed as well, moving the entire community from self-focus to self-giving love.  Finally, as a watching world sees the Gospel embodied in this way, onlookers are transformed as well.  Desiring to spur this kind of transformation in and through the Church, Jedd serves as President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.

Prior to his this role, Jedd served in the White House as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, leading the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.   In this post, he oversaw reform efforts across the government to make community- and faith-based groups central partners in all Federal efforts to aid the needy, from prisoner reentry to global AIDS.  As described by the Harvard Political Review, these reforms “fundamentally changed the government’s strategy for improving the lives of the downtrodden…”

Previously, Jedd held a range of posts in the California State Legislature.  He also helped establish the California Community Renewal Project, which strengthens nonprofits in some of the state’s most challenged communities.  He has worked, studied and served in more than thirty countries, with organizations ranging from Price-Waterhouse in Moscow to Christian Life Bangladesh.

Jedd has written many articles and four books, including Upended and Four Souls. His most recent book, Becoming Home, offers a short yet meaningful exploration of how families and communities can embrace vulnerable children with wisdom and love through adoption, foster care, mentoring and more. Jedd is frequently interviewed for insight on effective care for vulnerable children, as well as other national and global issues, in outlets ranging from Christianity Today and The Gospel Coalition to the Wall Street Journal, NPR and the Washington Post.

Jedd Medefind and his wife, Rachel, live in Falls Church, VA, just outside Washington, DC. They’ve welcomed children through birth, foster care and adoption.