Adventist leader James Standish has been named the new executive director of a federal panel that advocates for global religious liberty. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom announced August 20 that Standish would lead the independent, nonpartisan federal agency. He has been director of legislative affairs for the Seventh-day Adventist Church for seven years. Standish succeeds Joseph Crapa, who died last year. “Standish’s academic and professional background in human rights and religious freedom advocacy has made him a respected leader on Capitol Hill” and among other constituencies in the field, said Felice Gaer, who chairs the panel created by a 1988 law.