Board of Directors
Frank Fredericks, Executive Director
After graduating from New York University's Music Business program, Frank Fredericks worked shortly in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga, producing recordings, booking, and founding Çöñàr Records
. While doing independent research in Egypt on Christian-Muslim relations, he became inspired to found World Faith.
Frank also consults non-profits, corporations, foundations, recording artists, and political campaigns on web issues ranging from viral video and social networks to SEO and advertising. Frank is an active blogger, contributing to blogs on issues ranging from business, technology, religion, and music, including the Huffington Post's Religion section
. He presented World Faith to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum in 2010. He has been interviewed on Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and various international media outlets. Frank resides in Astoria, New York, where he expresses his passion for cooking Italian food.
Florentina Williamson-Noble, Board Member
A national of the UK and Italy, Florentina grew up in New York. She started her work in the non-profit sector with the Considering Alexander SIDS Foundation. Since its inception in 1996, she has organized fundraisers and promoted awareness of SIDS. Florentina was a founding member of World Faith and assisted in developing the program design and development, promotion, marketing and recruitment. She was brought to interfaith work as a result of living and working with a community of college students from different faith traditions that benefited from a deeper understanding of each other. Florentina is currently based in Rome, working with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. She holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelor's in Italian Studies, both from New York University.
Imam Khalid Latif, Board Member
Khalid was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005 where he began to initiate his vision for a pluralistic future on and off campus for American Muslims. He was also appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University in 2006. Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first ever established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States. Imam Latif’s exceptional dedication and ability to cross interfaith and cultural lines on a daily basis brought him recognition throughout the city, so much so that in 2007 Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department at the age of 24. He is a sought after speaker, having lectured throughout the United States and in various parts of the world and has been quoted, featured and appeared in numerous media outlets including BBC, NPR, CNN, the NY Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, BET and GEO TV.
Joshua Stanton, Board Member
is Founding co-Editor of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue
at Auburn Theological Seminary
and co-Director of Religious Freedom USA
, which works to ensure that freedom of religion is as protected in practice as it is in writ. He is also a Schusterman Rabbinical Fellow
and Weiner Education Fellow at the Hebrew Union College
in New York City.
Josh has been the recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the Bridge-Builders Leadership Award
from the Interfaith Youth Core, the Associates of Jewish Homes and Services for the Aging’s Annette W. and Herbert H. Lichterman Outstanding Programming Award
, the Volunteer Hero Award
. He is a regular blogger for the Tikkun Daily
and Rabbis for Human Rights
, and has contributed to the Washington Post's On Faith
, The Revealer
, Religious Education
, German National Radio
, Swedish National Radio
, the Pakistan Christian Post
, Gulf Times
, and the Daily News Egypt
Chris Stedman, Board Member
Zeeshan Suhail, Board Member
Zeeshan Suhail is an international development professional with several years of experience within intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank. He is a Board Member for the Washington, D.C.-based Americans for Informed Democracy and an Advisory Board Member for the New York City-based Muslim Consultative Network. His articles on international development and Western-Muslim world relations have been featured in media outlets internationally. Zeeshan has advanced leadership certifications from the Institute of Student Leadership at Paper Clip Communications as well as the National Conference on Student Leadership. He has been selected as a Carnegie New Leader by the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs and a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the Cordoba Initiative.
Zeeshan holds an undergraduate degree in International Business from Queens College-CUNY (where he was also the first Muslim Vice President of student government in the college's then 35 years of student govt. history) and a graduate degree in International Relations from the Graduate Center-CUNY. Zeeshan is fluent in Urdu, and proficient in other South Asian languages and enjoys independent cinema, old South Asian film songs and traveling.
Harsha Sharma, Board Member