WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- White House attorney Rashad Hussain has been named by President Obama as special envoy to an international conference on Muslim unity.
Obama Saturday night appointed Hussain to represent the United States at the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a coalition of 57 nations, the White House announced.
Hussain is an "accomplished lawyer and a close and trusted member of my White House staff," Obama said, noting Hussain would strengthen the administration's policy of outreach to the world's Muslims.
As deputy associate counsel to Obama, Hussain has worked on national security, new media, and science and technology issues. Previously, he served as a trial lawyer for the Justice Department and as a legislative aide on the House Judiciary Committee.
Hussain attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and obtained his law degree from Yale. He holds master's degrees in public administration and Arabic and Islamic studies from Harvard University.