Board of Directors
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.
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.
Lauren Tassone is a writer, organizational strategist, and data support engineer. She has a passion for building community at the intersection of faith and justice. Lauren has professional experience working with technology software and supporting and advising nonprofit organizations. She also works as a freelance writer, facilitator, and consultant. Lauren earned her BA in Cognitive Science and Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan, where she conducted original academic research and produced an honors thesis on the topic of dogmatism and religion. While a student, she worked as a course facilitator at the Center for Positive Organizations and sparked an interfaith movement on campus after receiving formalized training from the Interfaith Youth Core. Lauren resides in Brooklyn, NY, where she finds joy in hosting gatherings (currently virtually), singing and playing the piano, and drawing cartoons.
Dr. Mindy Tauberg
Mindy Tauberg, PhD is a public anthropologist who recently earned her doctoral degree from the University of California, Irvine. She is a scholar of social movements in the United States, in particular the interfaith movement and the experiences of American religious minorities. Mindy’s dissertation focuses on the Los Angeles organization, NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. During her four years participating in and observing NewGround’s professional fellowship, Mindy analyzed what makes a successful encounter experience between minority groups, and learned to engage constructively in emotionally-charged dialogue. Mindy is currently living in the Bay Area, where her primary career goal is to become a professor at a local community college. She also holds an MA in elementary education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a BA from Oberlin College.
Vaeme Afokpa is a passionate public servant with experience in national politics and local government. A self-declared generalist, she is a talented researcher and story-teller with a focus on translating complex socio-economic issues into compelling narratives. Her professional interests include intersectional public policy, social justice reforms, and bringing together diverse communities. Vaeme is currently the Deputy Director of Strategy & Pharmacy Purchasing at MassHealth. In this role, she develops financial strategy and policy development to decrease pharmaceutical costs for the Commonwealth of MA. Vaeme Afokpa holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University. She is a former Steering Committee member of SparkNYC, now an advisory group within the Global Fund for Women.