Board of Directors

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 22JAN16 - Frank Fredericks, Executive Director, World Faith, USA; Global Shaper at the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 22, 2016. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Benedikt von LoebellFrank Fredericks, Founder and Executive Director

Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith.  After working in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga, Frank founded World Faith in 2008. He has been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and is a Fellow Alumnus of Leading for Impact at Oxford Skoll Centre, AMENDS at Stanford, IFYC Germanacos, Soliya, Ariane de Rothschild, and YouthActionNet. He did his BM at NYU and his MBA at Oxford Said as a Global Shaper Scholar from the World Economic Forum.

 Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 4.00.01 PMRev. Jennifer Bailey, Vice President of the Board

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.

Stephanie Ren

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.

Rabbi Lexi Erdheim

Rabbi Lexi Erdheim was ordained from the Hebrew Union College – Los Angeles Campus in 2019 where she also received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Nonprofit Management. She first began her involvement with World Faith in 2010 as a college fellow and social media intern while she was an undergraduate student at Barnard College. She currently serves as the assistant rabbi for Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, Louisiana. Rabbi Lexi is the rabbi in residence for the New Orleans branch of Avodah, the Jewish Service Corp, which engages Jewish young adults in the fight against the causes and effects of poverty in America.

Board of Advisors

GracePattersonPhotoSquareGrace Patterson

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.

040_khan_060113_colLaurence 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.

harmon_09rTeri Harmon

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.

mandeep-wfBoAMandeep Rai

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.