Dr. James Dobson

Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.  

[Press Release] James Dobson Family Institute Names Constitutional Law Attorney Jenna Ellis As Director of Newly Formed Public Policy Center

Jul. 6, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Dr. James Dobson and the James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI) announce the expansion of the organization’s day-to-day public advocacy efforts during a time of critical importance and unprecedented opportunity for the future of America. Dr. Dobson along with JDFI Executive Director Dr. Tim Clinton are pleased to name constitutional law attorney, opinion columnist and author, Jenna Ellis, as director of the institute’s Public Policy Center.

I am pleased that Jenna Ellis has joined the JDFI as the director of our Public Policy Center,” said Dr. Dobson. “She brings with her a deep knowledge of the Constitution balanced with a passion for Christ. Her experience and talents are playing a valuable role as we expand our work advocating on behalf of the preservation of the family in America.

Jenna’s talents are obvious to anyone who has met her in person or seen her on television providing excellent policy and legal analysis,” said Dr. Clinton. “She speaks to the next, most critical generation of Americans, those raising families and building our future. She’s already proven to be a passionate advocate for traditional biblical values and we are excited to add her formidable legal mind to the JDFI’s growing team.

Ms. Ellis will be building upon Dr. Dobson’s legacy of public policy advocacy that spans decades. Dobson, who has advised five U.S. Presidents continuing to this day with his service on President Trump’s Faith Advisory Board, was once referred to by The New York Times as, “The most influential evangelical leader in the country.” He also co-founded the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Family Research Council (FRC), two of the most enduring and influential Christian advocacy organizations in the country.

“Our Founding Fathers knew well that virtue and faith among the people and its elected leaders were the requisite bedrock of our institutions and laws,” said Ellis. “Virtue and faith have been under siege for decades, and Dr. Dobson was one of the first to sound the alarm and put his concern and voice into organized public action. For more than 40 years he has been fighting to preserve the family and the moral character of the nation in the public sphere, and I am honored to join him and Dr. Clinton in that mission.” 

Since joining the JDFI, Ellis has made appearances on Cavuto Live as well as Fox Business News. She has also published opinion and legal analysis pieces in Washington Examiner, The Daily Wire,andNational Review, and Ellis recently secured an exclusive interview with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the JDFI.




Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated Christian leader, author and psychologist, earning his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of child development with a minor in research design. He is the founder and president of Family Talk and the James Dobson Family Institute, a nonprofit organization that produces his daily radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” In 2008, Dr. Dobson was inducted into The National Radio Hall of Fame. Follow him @DrJamesCDobson

Dr. Tim Clintonis the Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute and co-host of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a Marriage and Family Therapist and has authored and edited nearly 30 books. He is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and served at Liberty University for over 30 years in various academic roles. Dr. Clinton currently serves on President Trump’s Faith Advisory Board, alongside Dr. Dobson. Follow him @DrTimClinton

Jenna Ellis, Esq. is the Director of Public Policy for the James Dobson Family Institute. She is a constitutional law attorney and a contributor to the Washington Examiner, Daily Wire, and The Federalist. Her book, “The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understand America’s Current Constitutional Crisis” provides insight into the culture war that is being fought in America’s legal hierarchy. Follow her @JennaEllisJDFI     

The James Dobson Family Institute is dedicated to preserving the biblical institutions of marriage and family by encouraging, inspiring, supporting, and leading parents and children to build their lives on God’s Word. JDFI’s mission is driven by Dr. James Dobson’s legacy of serving families with broadcasts, videos, articles, leadership training, and policy advocacy to ensure the next generation of families are equipped to stand firm with answers to life’s most difficult questions.