U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated rock star Jon Bon Jovi as a member of a newly-founded White House Council for Community Solutions.
The White House announced on Tuesday that the new body "will provide advice to the President on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs."
Bon Jovi, 48, is the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning group Bon Jovi, which has sold more than 120 million albums and performed more than 2,600 concerts for more than 34 million fans.
The rock star, who is a strong Democratic supporter, also runs his own charitable organization, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the lives of poor and homeless in the United States.
"To date, Mr. Bon Jovi and the Soul Foundation have provided affordable housing to hundreds of low-income individuals and families," the White House said in a statement.
Other members of the council include John Bridgeland, who headed President George W. Bush's domestic policy council, Paula Boggs, an executive vice president at Starbucks Coffee Co., and John Donahow, president and chief executive of eBay Inc.
"These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation," the White House quoted Obama as saying. "I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."
WASHINGTON, December 15 (RIA Novosti)