2016 - 2017
Our Advisors are established and emerging leaders in the fields of arts, justice, and religious pluralism. They provide advice, guidance, and support to ensure that our programming is of exceptional quality and integrity.
Ayoka is an attorney with a background in international development. She holds degrees from the Nigerian Law School, Blekinge Institute of Technology, and Harvard Law School. She is committed to social justice and enjoys city cycling in Washington, DC.
Owen is a dancer and choreographer with arts management experience spanning government, higher education, and social sector organizations. He lives in Seattle and oversees grant programs at Artist Trust, where he advocates for artists while working to make arts funding more transparent, accessible, and equitable. He also serves on the board and chairs the development committee for Velocity Dance Center, where he facilitated the community-curated open-mic night, Sh*t Gold..
Rev. Joseph P. Deck, III
Rev. Joseph is the Senior Minister to Men at Reid Temple AME Church and the former Executive Director of the Festival Center. Joseph completed study at the Duke Divinity School, Institute of Reconciliation; holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Potomac. He has guest lectured at Virginia Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. He serves on the Board of Directors of Jubilee Jobs.
Jack is a filmmaker and a photographer who has lived in Washington DC since 2007. He comes from an interfaith family and is an active member of the DC Baha'i community. Since 2010, he has served as a Baha’i representative on the board of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, where he launched the annual DC Interfaith Leadership Summit. In his day job, Jack produces advocacy films for organizations working domestically and abroad.
Khadija is a public health advocate and the president of Project Ejaba, which works to connect Muslim young adults to resources for physical and mental well being. Khadija received a Masters in Health Management from the Yale School of Public Health in 2009 and a "Champion of Change" award from the White House for her work in public health outreach.
Susan Katz Miller
Susan is the author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family. As an interfaith families consultant, she works with religious educators, clergy, and the general public. A former Newsweek reporter, her photographs and writing have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Susan has spoken at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, Union Theological Seminary, Parliament of the World’s Religions, universities, museums, churches, and synagogues. She graduated from Brown University.
Huma is an economist by training and a humanitarian by passion. She brings a diverse set of experiences from both the public and private sector and a wide range of geographical exposure from working in the US, South Asia, and Sub Saharan Africa. Huma holds a graduate degree from Harvard's Kennedy School in Public Policy and Economic Development. In her free time, she enjoys poetry.
Kerry is the Chaplain and Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. Previously, she worked as Chaplain to the College at Bates College, where she was responsible for the development of the campus’s multireligious life and for the extension of the college’s historic commitments to peace and justice as well as to public service. She is an ordained clergyperson in the United Church of Christ and a licensed social worker.
Andres, the Founder and Passion Catalyst of Promethean Community, has facilitated over 100 workshops with thousands of people in the community, universities, government, non-profits and businesses. He is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. He has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a graduate degree in Clinical Community Psychology from la Universidad Católica Andres Bello.
Rev. Craig Phillips, Ph.D.
Rev. Craig is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia. He serves as adjunct faculty at Virginia Theological Seminary. Craig is a former Assistant Professor at Temple University. He has taught at Georgetown, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Rosemont College. Craig completed his doctoral work in Theology and Ethics at Duke University. He holds a M.Div. from Harvard University and an A.B. in Religious Studies and Classics from Brown University.
Sara is a Youth Representative to the United Nations for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and she has spoken about the role of interfaith cooperation to institutions across the United States and Europe. She sits on the Advisory Council of UK-based Grassroot Diplomat. Her international advocacy efforts have focused on youth access to education and health literacy for migrants.
Rev. Russ Savage
Rev. Russ grew up in the Washington, DC, area and graduated from the University of Maryland. He undertook a 25 year career with AT&T, and retired from Bell Laboratories, where he was director of personnel and public relations. He attended the Harvard Divinity School, receiving a Master of Divinity degree in 1993. He was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister that same year, and has since served churches in Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, and Virginia.
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