The 25-member council brings together religious leaders, scholars and other experts to recommend ways to improve partnerships between government and private groups.
The council, which convenes for one year, typically examines ways to better deliver social services. The last council, which recently completed its work, examined ways to help the poor during the economic recovery. It also made recommendations on issues such as fatherhood and healthy families and interreligious cooperation.
Bazán helped found El Pueblo, North Carolina’s largest Hispanic advocacy group, later serving as its first executive director. In 2008, she was named chairwoman of the National Council of La Raza’s board of directors. The council, based in Washington, is the largest civil rights advocacy organization in the country. She currently serves as president of the Triangle Community Foundation.