Frank Fredericks

Frank Fredericks, Founder and Executive Director

After graduating from New York University’s Music Business program, Frank 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 started Mean Communications, a consulting firm assisting nonprofits and startups with branding, social media, pr, and marketing.  Frank is an active blogger, contributing to blogs on issues ranging from business, technology, religion, and music, including the Huffington Post.  He is Fellow Alumnus of YouthActionNet, Soliya, IFYC, and AMENDS at Stanford.  He has been interviewed on Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and various international media outlets.  Frank resides in Astoria, New York.

GracePattersonPhotoSquareGrace Patterson, Director of Global Programs

Grace Patterson is a proud alumna of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where her scholarship focused on “Religious Diversity and Governance,” encompassing an understanding of how small groups, institutions, governments, and pre-modern empires handled religious diversity in both policy and practice. While at NYU, Grace was drawn to World Faith’s mission and innovative model for interfaith collaboration, and has been involved in the organization’s work ever since. Grace is a committed interfaith advocate, trainer, and writer. She has facilitated workshops on effective engagement with religion and religious experience, as well as compelling communications for social change. Her writing has appeared in and State of Formation.

Board of Directors

Chris Stedman

 Chris Stedman, Board Member

Chris Stedman is the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and the Values 
in Action Coordinator for the Humanist Community at Harvard (where he was previously
 the inaugural Interfaith and Community Service Fellow), and the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. He is also the Emeritus
 Managing Director of State of Formation at the Journal
 of Inter-Religious Dialogue and founder of the first blog
 dedicated to exploring atheist-interfaith engagement,
 NonProphet Status. A graduate of Augsburg College with a summa cum laude B.A. in Religion, Chris is a columnist for The Huffington Post Religion, where his work is among the most commented upon in the site’s history. His writing has also appeared in venues such as Tikkun Daily, The New Humanism, and more. Chris is the youngest member of The Washington Post On Faith‘s esteemed panel of contributors. Previously a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for the Interfaith Youth Core, he is a secular humanist working to foster positive and productive dialogue between faith communities and the nonreligious.

AlexAlexandra Karasavva, 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.

 Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 4.00.01 PMRev. Jennifer Bailey, Board Member

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.