December 14th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Musician Jon Bon Jovi has rocked the house with hits like “Keep the Faith" and “I Believe,” and now that same sense of optimism belted out in lyrics is being tapped by President Obama to help solve community needs across the country.
Bon Jovi joins a long list of big names, including eBay President and CEO John Donahoe and Starbucks Executive VP Paula Boggs, on the president’s newly formed White House Council for Community Solutions.
“These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation,’ the president said in a written statement.
The 25 member council was established through Executive Order signed by the president Tuesday.
The New Jersey native, who has sold more than 120 million albums, is also known as a political activist and has long been involved in his community.
He’s the chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Foundation. It focuses on fighting poverty and homelessness and provides housing for low income people.
In this new role, the Grammy Award winner will work with leaders from non-profits, corporations and foundations, to help the “federal government promote greater innovation” and shine the spotlight on people making “a significant impact in their own communities,” according to the White House.
Bon Jovi said he was honored to have been selected.
"I have seen first-hand the powerful impact when people from the public, private and non-profit sectors work together," Bon Jovi said in a statement. "All of us have a role to play in helping address some of our nation's most serious problems, and I look forward to working with the rest of the Council to help out where I can."
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