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.

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

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.

Chris Stedman

 Chris Stedman

Chris Stedman is the Humanist Chaplain at Yale University and the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. 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. 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.

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.

Foto: Alexander Müller - Fotokurse, Fotografie, Fotoreisen | www.alexander-mueller.atDr. 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-head-shotBeth Katz

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-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.

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.