Gideon Strauss

Gideon Strauss, a native of South Africa, now serves as Chief Executive Officer for the Center for Public Justice. He earned his Ph.D. degree in 1995 from the then University of the Orange Free State (UOFS) in Bloemfontein, where he wrote a dissertation on The Ethics of Public Welfare. He worked as a senior researcher in public policy at the UOFS, and as an interpreter for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (under Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu). He was an advisor to the South African constitutional assembly on the language clauses in the founding provisions and bill of rights included in the 1996 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

Strauss began his leadership of the Center for Public Justice in 2009. Prior to this he served ten years as Research and Education Director of the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC), a labor union with about 200 employees and 50,000 members, committed to “seeking justice in the workplace.” During his tenure, he led the development of a comprehensive education program for CLAC staff, including a one-year “CLAC College” for new staff.

During this time, Strauss also served as a Senior Fellow at the think tank Cardus (previously known as the Work Research Foundation), and as editor of the electronic and print journal Comment, which seeks to communicate a Christian worldview and cultural strategy to the next generation of cultural leaders. In his role at Cardus, he has participated in several research projects on the integration of faith and work by corporate executives. Strauss has also taught part time at Tyndale University College and Seminary, Trinity Western University, the Institute for Christian Studies, and Redeemer University College.

He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Wonder, Heartbreak and Hope, on reading the Psalms in devotional preparation for social action. Strauss and his wife, Angela, have two daughters, Tala and Hannah.