Frank Fredericks, Founder and Executive Director
Grace Patterson, Director of Global Programs
Board of Directors
Chris Stedman, Board Member
Alexandra Karasavva is a Director at TransPerfect Translations, a global business solutions provider with offices in over 80 countries. She is also an NYU alumnus who majored in Middle Eastern Studies and international politics. While at NYU she co-founded a non-profit organization to facilitate youth dialogue between the US and Lebanon, and worked for Cyprus’ mission to the United Nations. Alexandra has been with Transperfect for almost eight years, and oversees three production departments with members in New York, Barcelona, and Hong Kong.
Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, community organizer, and emerging national leader in multi-faith movement for justice. As Founder and Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network (FMN), Jennifer believes that people of faith can be game changers in the fight to build a more just, compassionate, and peaceful world. She comes to this work with nearly a decade of experience combatting intergenerational poverty in her hometown of Chicago, and her adopted home, Nashville, Tennessee. A Truman Scholar, Jennifer earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, the oldest historically black denomination in the United States. Jennifer is currently a Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, an elite cohort of innovative leaders combatting issues of economic and social inequality with outside-the-box thinking.
Avi Smolen, Board Member
Avi Smolen is an organizer committed to social justice and human rights. Avi works at the Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program, where he supports grantmaking initiatives expanding access to health interventions for marginalized groups. Previously, he worked as Communications Manager for Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, a domestic social justice organization. Prior, he spent a year as a Faiths Act Fellow in Washington DC at the Malaria Policy Center, where he focused on engaging college students in multi-faith global health activism. Avi has an MPA in International Policy and Development from the NYU Wagner School and graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a BA in Political Science. He serves as a member of the Interfaith Youth Core’s Alumni Speakers Bureau facilitating conversations about the importance of multi-faith cooperation, and in his spare time enjoys cooking and exploring New York City, where he lives with his partner.