Board of Directors
Frank Fredericks, Founder and Executive Director
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.
Board of Advisors
Laurence Benjamin Khan
Laurence Benjamin Khan is an international, intercultural, and interfaith strategist with an award-winning track record of catalyzing high impact strategic partnerships across the private, public and third sectors, and exponentially growing global movements to drive social and environmental change. He is currently Head of Global Campaigns at Peace One Day, where he has spearheaded groundbreaking cross-industry synergies and measurable systemic change with partners including McKinsey & Company. Prior to this, he managed some of the highest-profile clients for a world leading strategic communications agency. He is recognized as an emerging global leader by both Soliya and the UNAOC.
Teri Harmon is the Managing Director at The Harmon Financial Group, with over 30 years of wealth management experience. As a frequent guest lecturer at corporations and organizations around the world, Teri has been listed by the Barron’s publication as one of the top woman financial advisors in the US. She is a past Girl Scout leader, National Charity League president, past recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award by Rotary International, and is currently assisting her local high school by developing a financial literacy curriculum. As an active philanthropist, she is currently is leading volunteer teams to Swaziland for service projects.
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity University and Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition. He earned graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and he teaches courses on Islamic, Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist traditions. Simran writes and speaks frequently on a variety of topics related to religion, diversity, discrimination, hate violence, and human rights, and he serves as a consistent expert for reporters and news outlets around the world. He is also actively engaged with interfaith efforts on local, national, and international contexts.
Beth Katz is a social entrepreneur with nearly two decades experience advancing human rights, diversity, and inclusion. She founded and for ten years served as executive director of Project Interfaith, a non-governmental organization whose mission was to create understanding, respect, and relationships among people of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures. Through her work, she has collaborated with a variety of communities and institutions across the globe such as the American Academy of Religion, the Obama administration, and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. She currently is an adjunct professor at the Heider College of Business at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Mandeep Rai went from private banking at JP Morgan in London to a pioneering ten years of creative activism, journalism and development. As a reporter for the BBC World Service, she covered emerging markets, traveling to over 100 different countries, and produced documentaries, features and programs on development issues. Educated at London Business School, MIT and Harvard Business School, Mandeep is a board advisor to Start Up Loans, a UK government backed company launched to start over 25,000 businesses for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 in England, is on the board of Creative Visions Foundations. Mandeep is a member of the creative activist community at Creative Visions Foundation.
Stephanie Ren is a specialist in Human Rights and Immigration Law. She is currently working at Milstein Law Group located in New York City and holds the position of Co-Founder and Legal Advisor for Elementary Co., Ltd in China. Stephanie has extensive research experience on religious violence and women empowerment through her work with Philadelphia Planned Parenthood and Domestic Violence Unit of Philadelphia Family Court. She has been invited to present her paper on religious coercion and women trafficking at numerous conferences in Malaysia, Prague, Bali and Paris. Stephanie obtained her Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) from University of Pennsylvania Law School and Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B.) from China University of Political Science and Law.