White House lawyer Rashad Hussain LAW ’07 is the U.S.’s new special envoy to the Muslim world, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

President Obama announced Hussain’s appointment on Saturday as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the second-largest intergovernmental body in the world next to the United Nations, which includes more than 50 member states from the Muslim world. Hussain is currently the White House’s deputy associate counsel focusing on national security, new media and science and technology.

“As part of his commitment to continue to seek a new beginning with Muslim communities around the world, and to expand upon the partnerships he outlined in Cairo, I am honored and humbled that the President has asked me to

serve,” Hussain wrote on the White House blog. “I am committed to deepening the partnerships that he outlined.”

Hussain, who graduated from the University of North Carolina and also has a master’s degree in public administration and Arabic and Islamic studies from Harvard, was an editor of the Yale Law Journal in law school.