Our Country is Fractured

Americans are Frustrated

We Can Do Better

The One America Movement’s mission is to build bridges and solve problems. We bring Americans together across racial, religious, political and geographic divides to address pressing social problems—poverty, opioids, racial tension and more.

Our work is guided by faith and science. We work with experts in neuroscience, social science and conflict-resolution to design our work. And we promote the core values of our faith traditions: to treat others as we wish to be treated, and to advance a vision for a stronger and more united country.

One America was founded by faith and community leaders following the 2016 presidential election and launched with the support of the Jewish service organization Repair the World. Scroll below for more information about the remarkable leaders who guide our movement.

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See our work featured by the Washington Post, The Salt Lake TribuneVoice of America, The Interfaith Observer and in The Forward. Hear our Director Andrew Hanauer interviewed on State of Belief radio, the Neighborly Faith Podcast and read his op-ed, “Isolation Won’t Save Us”

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Andrew Hanauer

Director, One America Movement

Andrew Hanauer is the Director of the One America Movement, an organization founded by faith and community leaders in the aftermath of the 2016 election to address divisiveness in American society. Under Andrew’s leadership, One America has launched projects that bring Americans together across divides to address race relations, opioids, poverty and religious differences across the country, from Utah, to Oklahoma, to Puerto Rico, to West Virginia, to some of our nation’s largest cities.

Andrew is a frequent public speaker at houses of worship of all kinds, and at venues including the United Nations, the National Press Club and Congressional briefings. Andrew serves or has served on the steering committee of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition, as a deacon at his church and on the Mayor’s transition team in his local community.

His work has been published or featured by The Washington Post, The Times of Israel, Voice of America, Inter-Press Service, the Christian Citizen and media outlets across the US and abroad. Prior to directing One America, Andrew was the Campaigns Director at Jubilee USA, directing green job training programs in low-income communities in California and an after-school homework center at a public elementary school.

Andrew holds a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in International Studies from the University of San Francisco.

Anna Robinson

Program Coordinator, One America West Virginia

Areesa Somani

Program Associate, One America Movement

Areesa Somani is the Program Associate for the One America Movement. In her role, she coordinates strategic planning, digital strategy, social media campaigns and program development and represents One America at events and in meetings with partner organizations, clergy, community leaders and more. Areesa has a communications background, with experience in non-profit organizations, local and national government, community outreach and civic campaigns. Prior to joining the One America Movement, Areesa interned at the White House in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. She graduated from Seattle University in with a BA in Strategic Communications with a minor in Political Science, and was her class Commencement Speaker. 

Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper (Board Chair)

Director of National Security Outreach, Human Rights First

Scott Cooper is the director of National Security Outreach at Human Rights First and the Director of Veterans for American Ideals. Prior to joining Human Rights First, Scott spent a career in the Marine Corps, including five tours in Iraq, two in Afghanistan, one in Europe, and one in the Western Pacific. He flew the Bosnian and Iraqi no-fly zones, the Kosovo air campaign, and in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. An expert on civil-military relations, air power, and national security issues, he has published work in the Washington Post, the Washington Quarterly, Policy Review, Proceedings, and the Marine Corps Gazette. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Aaron Alexander (Leadership Circle)

Rabbi, Adas Israel Congregation

Rabbi Aaron Alexander is Co-Senior Rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC. Previously he served for ten years as Associate Dean and Lecturer in Rabbinic and Jewish Law at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, where he also received his ordination. He has long sat on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) for the Conservative movement, the governing body determining Jewish law and practice for our entire movement. On the CJLS, he serves as Chair of the Kashrut Subcommittee. At Adas, Rabbi Alexander has elevated the Social Action work to a high level of recognition throughout the Washington, DC community, and has reinvigorated adult learning, bringing it to a level and quality that now serves as a model for synagogues across the country. He has written for the Washington Post, Jewish Daily Forward, Huffington Post, Times of Israel, and other news outlets. Rabbi Alexander serves on the D.C. Attorney General’s Faith-Based Advisory Committee, the City Council’s Interfaith Working Group, and the Mayor’s Ward 3 Advisory Committee on Homelessness and Housing.

Rabbi Alexander and his wife, Rabbi Penina Alexander, have three young sons, Ariel, Eliav and Amos.

Salam Al-Marayati

Salam Al-Marayati (Leadership Circle)

President, Muslim Public Affairs Council

Salam Al-Marayati is the president and co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He is an expert on Islam in the West, Muslim reform movements, human rights, democracy, national security, and Middle East politics. He has spoken at the White House, Capitol Hill and represented the U.S. at international human rights and religious freedom conferences. His writings have appeared in every major national news publication (including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times). His interviews have been featured on national and international news outlets (including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN).

Salam serves as a special adviser to the One America Movement and its board.

Melissa Balaban

Melissa Balaban

Executive Director, Ikar

Melissa Balaban is the executive director and co-founder of Ikar, an innovative and prominent Jewish community in Los Angeles, California. Melissa focuses on the strategic direction of the community. She works closely with the board and acts as Rabbi Sharon Brous’s partner in guiding the overall vision of IKAR and ensuring that it is reflected in all IKAR events and initiatives. Prior to joining IKAR professionally, Melissa was Assistant Dean at the University of Southern California Law School. Previously, she was Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Child Care Law Project, a senior consultant for a national human resources consulting firm, and an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount’s MBA program. Melissa is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California Law School.

Rabbi Sharon Brous (Leadership Circle)

Rabbi, Ikar

Rabbi Sharon Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR (www.ikar-la.org), which launched in 2004 with the goal of reinvigorating Jewish tradition and practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice. IKAR, one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country, is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.2 million people and translated into 19 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and in 2017, she spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DCBrous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beastlist of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized numerous times by The Forward and the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews.

Brous, who graduated from Columbia University and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, is an Auburn Senior Fellow, sits on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund.

Charles Camosy (Leadership Circle)

Associate Professor of Theological and Religious Ethics, Fordham University

Charlie Camosy is associate professor of theological and religious ethics at Fordham University, and the author of “Beyond the Abortion Wars – A Way Forward For A New Generation.” His work on ethics and policy moves beyond stale and lazy arguments which artificially pit liberals and conservatives against each other. Instead, Camosy finds common ground by unpacking the real complexities of some of today’s most passionately debated issues. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Lisa Conn (Leadership Circle)

Former Strategic Partner Manager, Facebook

Lisa Conn’s professional mission is to build a healthy public sphere in the digital age. She most recently oversaw Facebook’s efforts to bridge divides and build empathetic communities on the platform. Prior to that, Lisa held leadership positions at the MIT Media Lab, FWD.us, and Obama for America — always focused on finding new ways to drive change through technology. At the MIT Media Lab, Lisa built the Electome, a product that tracked the public response to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election on Twitter and produced the first visualizations of the electorate’s ideological polarization in social media, described by Vice Magazine as “a treasure trove on how Americans discussed the most contentious presidential race in history.” As the National Organizing Director of FWD.us, Lisa led a 50-person team of organizers to build a suite of digital advocacy tools that grew the bipartisan movement for comprehensive immigration reform. Lisa was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list for Law and Policy, and is a nationally-recognized expert on ideological polarization and civic engagement.

April Cook (Leadership Circle)

Public Affairs Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Grand Blanc Stake (Michigan)

April Cook is with the public affairs department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Grand Blanc Stake in Michigan. April and her family are members of the Rochester Hills Ward of the LDS church, where she lives with her husband and her three amazing children.

In addition to her role with the church, April serves on the board of directors of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit (IFLC). She is also a member of the IFLC Education and World Sabbath committees.

Reverend Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune

Director, Ecumenical Poverty Initiative

Ordained into the Gospel ministry more than 15 years ago, Dr. Copeland-Tune has worked for a number of faith-based organizations. She currently serves as the director of the Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice a national conference that brings 1,000 faith advocates from across the country (and those who aspire to be) to the nation’s capital each year.. She also serves as director of the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative, an anti-poverty ministry, which adds a prophetic voice and collective action to the fight to end poverty.

In addition to her anti-poverty work, Dr. Copeland-Tune has also worked on a number of other issues including environmental stewardship, racial reconciliation, domestic violence, human trafficking, education and health care. She serves on the board of Grace and Race Ministries, Inc., an organization founded to promote dialogue and racial understanding among Christians. Dr. Copeland-Tune has a chapter on Christian leadership in the book, Church on Purpose: Reinventing Discipleship, Community and Justice edited by Adam L. Bond and Laura Mariko Cheifetz. Her doctoral thesis, “In the Public Eye and In Harm’s Way,” focused on clergywomen’s experience of domestic violence. She has also participated in numerous workshops and panel discussions on these topics.

Dr. Copeland-Tune—who was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, New York—earned a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, a MBA from the University of Maryland with a concentration in marketing, and a Master of Theological Studies from Duke University. In addition, she has a doctorate in metro-urban ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She attended the Summer Theology Programme at Oxford University in England and took classes focused on the theme, “Religion, Ethics and Public Theology.”

Dr. Copeland-Tune is blessed to have two wonderful, justice-minded children.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Rabbi, Congregation Netivot Shalom

Rabbi Menachem Creditor serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in California. Named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America, he is a published author, musician, teacher and activist who has spent time working locally, in Ghana, and in the White House to amplify the prophetic Jewish voice in the world. A frequent speaker on Jewish Leadership and literacy in communities around the United States and Israel, he serves on the board of American Jewish World Service, the Executive Council for the Rabbinical Assembly, and the Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His personal website is menachemcreditor.org.

David Eisner

President and CEO, Repair the World

David Eisner is the President and CEO of Repair the World, an organization dedicated to “making service a defining element of Jewish life” and which provided the leadership, funding and support to help launch the One America Movement. Under David’s leadership, Repair the World has built service communities in Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Miami.

David is the former President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a position he was appointed to by former President Bill Clinton. And he served under President Bush as the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps and other national service programming.

Mark Harrison (Leadership Circle)

Director of the Peace with Justice Program, United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

Mark Harrison leads the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society’s peace and justice program and promotes Peace with Justice Sunday, one of the UMC’s eight special Sundays. The words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the marches to end racism and segregation are embedded in his soul.

Mark has lived and worked throughout the world. He’s worked with those living in some of the poorest parts of the world. He’s seen the aftermath of war and the devastating loss of friends, family and entire communities. He has seen firsthand how faith can aid the work of peace and justice. And that’s why he’s dedicated his life to working for peace and justice.

Mathew Hawkins (Leadership Circle)

Former Policy Director, ERLC

Matthew Hawkins is a consultant and writer with over 17 years of experience at the intersection of religion and politics. He formerly served as a Policy Director for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the public policy entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. During 8 years in Washington, D.C. Matt collaborated with other NGOs and federal policymakers to advance policy positions. That collaboration included serving on the Steering Committee and co-chairing the Congressional Working Group of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable.

Building on an earlier decade producing two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts Matt later hosted a podcast for 4 years that featured interviews with members of Congress, scholars, and other policy advocates. He holds a B.B.A. from Belmont University and an M.A. in Ethics and Public Affairs from George Mason University.


Matt is pursuing a Ph.D in public theology while living with his wife Crystal and daughter Maggie Jo in the Nashville, TN area.

Dr. James Huff

Dr. James Huff

Associate Director, Human Needs and Global Resources Program, Wheaton College

James (Jamie) G. Huff Jr. is the Associate Director of the Human Needs and Global Resources Program at Wheaton College. His scholarship explores the changing religious landscapes of contemporary Latin America, with a particular focus on the social and economic changes generated by the rapid growth of Pentecostal-charismatic forms of Christianity across the region. For the past decade he has regularly conducted fieldwork in El Salvador where he has documented the involvement of Pentecostal churches in community-based efforts to alleviate rural poverty. Since 2008 he has worked collaboratively with the staff of a Christian non-profit organization (ENLACE) to implement evaluation studies that assess the impact of local development initiatives on the social, economic and physical well-being of rural communities across El Salvador.

Ben Hunt (Leadership Circle)

Human Relations and Labor Relations Director , Clark County, Ohio Sheriff's Department

Ben Hunt is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.  He works as a Senior Administrator at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office located 30 miles west of Columbus, Ohio.  His duties include labor relations, budget and financial management and community relations.

Reverend Dr. F. Willis Johnson

Senior Minister, Wellspring Church

Dr. Johnson, is the senior minister of Wellspring Church, a United Methodist urban-parachute church plant. He captured national attention in August of 2014 after Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri. Reverend Willis Johnson has 15 years of professional ministry experience in Indiana, North Carolina and Missouri. He is trained in nonprofit management and has served in leadership positions for multiple nonprofit organizations. He is an adjunct at Eden Seminary and chairs Ferguson’s Human Rights Commission.

Rabbi Ethan Katz (Leadership Circle)

Regional Director, NCSY

Rabbi Ethan Katz is the Regional Director of NCSY, an Orthodox Jewish youth group that connects with Jewish teens through innovative, cutting-edge social and recreational programs to develop a positive Jewish identity. Prior to his role as Regional Director, he was a NCSY chapter advisor in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Rabbi Ethan lived in Israel for 27 years, serving as a Tzanchan for 20 years in reserve duty before retiring as a master sergeant. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Debbie and their four children.
Reverend Stacy Martin

Reverend Stacy Martin

Executive Vice President of Programs, Lutheran Services Florida

Stacy Martin is the Executive Vice President of Programs at Lutheran Services of Florida (LSF) and is the former director of policy and advocacy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA) in Washington, DC, where she led state and federal domestic, international and environmental policy and advocacy for the more than four million member organization. Stacy has an MBA from Eastern University, a Master of Divinity from Princeton and she received her B.A. in English and secondary education from Sterling College. Stacy has served on a number of local and national boards, is a national speaker and presenter on a wide range of non-profit sector and social justice issues, and is a published writer.

Ralph McCloud (Leadership Circle)

Director, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Ralph McCloud is the director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. It has a complementary mission of educating on poverty and its causes.

Prior to working with USCCB, Mr. McCloud worked as Director of Pastoral and Community Services in the Diocese of Fort Worth Texas. In this capacity, he supervised the Departments of Family Life, Peace and Justice, African American Ministry, Ministry to the Incarcerated, Ministry to People with Disabilities, Hospital Ministry and Hispanic Ministry. He has served as President of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators and as a board member of both the National Black Catholic Congress and the Roundtable Association of Social Action Directors.

Mr. McCloud chaired the Tarrant County Homeless Commission and was named the county’s First Racial Reconciliation Award Winner by the Tarrant County Community of Churches. In 2009, he was awarded the History Maker Award from the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 2009. Catholic Charities USA’s awarded Ralph the Martin Luther King Keep the Dream Alive Award in 2010.

Denise McKinney

Worship and Community Pastor, Redeemer Covenant Church (Tulsa, OK)

Denise McKinney is the Connections Pastor at Redeemer Covenant Church in Tulsa, OK. Shaped by a childhood growing up alongside foster children, she has been walking the road of faith with students and adults in various ministry roles as a youth pastor, spiritual life director and worship director for over twenty years.

Ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Denise has a B.A. in Music (Voice) and an A.A. in Church Ministry from John Brown University, a Certificate in Youth Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary and is looking forward to a 2019 completion of an M.A. in Christian Formation from North Park Seminary in Chicago. She is the author of the book, Mile Markers: A Path for Nurturing Adolescent Faith, and the free online resource, Real Life Field Guide.

Ruth Messinger (Leadership Circle)

Global Ambassador, American Jewish World Service

Ruth Messinger was President/CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS) from 1998-2016 and is now AJWS’s inaugural Global Ambassador. Her 18-year presidency at AJWS began after a 20-year career in public service in New York City as a City Council member and Manhattan Borough President. Previously, Ruth sat on the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and is currently a member of the World Bank’s Moral Imperative Working Group on Extreme Poverty. She engages in international human rights work for AIDS Free World and serves as the inaugural Social Justice Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Social Justice Activist in Residence at the Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center.  She is on several boards including that of Aegis Trust—an anti-genocide organization—and the New York Interfaith Coalition.

Ruth is an active member of her congregation, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. She holds a B.A. from Radcliffe College and an M.S.W. from the University of Oklahoma. She is married to Andrew Lachman and has three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Zeki Mokhtarzada

Zeki Mokhtarzada

Board Member, Next Wave Muslim Initiative

Zeki Mokhtarzada serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Next Wave Muslim Initiative (NWMI). NWMI is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 and dedicated to serving and educating the American Muslim community of the Washington metropolitan area. Zeki graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. He currently invests and consults with early stage technology startups.

Clark Neily

Vice President for Criminal Justice, Cato Institute

Clark Neily is vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute. His areas of interest include constitutional law, overcriminalization, civil forfeiture, police accountability, and gun rights. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street JournalForbes, and National Review Online, as well as various law reviews, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyGeorge Mason Law ReviewGeorgetown Journal of Law and Public PolicyNYU Journal of Law and Liberty, and Texas Review of Law and Politics. Neily is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer for the Federalist Society, Institute for Humane Studies, and American Constitution Society.

Before joining Cato in 2017, Neily was a senior attorney and constitutional litigator at the Institute for Justice and director of the Institute’s Center for Judicial Engagement. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he teaches constitutional litigation and public-interest law.

Clara Nevins (Leadership Circle)

Co-Founder, Bridge the Divide

Clara Nevins is the co-founder of Bridge the Divide, an international organization focused on ending political polarization for the upcoming generation, and a graduate of the Yale University Young Global Scholars Program. Bridge the Divide has now grown to over 400 contributors from 30 countries and hosted a national conference in Los Angeles in October.

In addition to being a National Women’s March Youth Ambassador, Clara is also the founder of the nationwide organizations, the UNICEF Young Ambassadors and Change Climate Change. In 2015 she was a delegate with the National Resources Defense Council to the United Nations Paris climate conference, COP21. Clara is a consultant with JUV consulting on non profits and youth activism, and has worked with Rhianna’s Clara Lionel Foundation. She is currently working with ZEITGUIDE, a research and media company, on advising corporations such as Mattel and Lucas Film on the power of women in media and entrepreneurship.

Clara is a member of Citizen University’s “Youth Collaboratory” and is working to build a curriculum on civic engagement. In 2016, she won a national Scholastic silver medal for a screenplay she wrote about her activism.

Hawk Newsome

President, Black Lives Matter New York

Hawk Newsome is an activist at the forefront of the New Civil Rights Movement and former County Committee Member of New York’s District 79. He has dedicated his adult life to the betterment of his community.

​After graduating from Concordia College, Hawk worked for the Honorable Robert T. Johnson at the Bronx County Office of the District Attorney as a paralegal before being promoted to Special Projects Coordinator. As the DA’s liaison to the community, he worked with N.Y.C.H.A tenants’ associations and social service organizations in the Bronx.

Hawk attended Howard University Law School in Washington, DC. and completed his Juris Doctorate at Touro Law School in Long Island, NY, after which he ran for City Council for the Bronx district where he grew up.In 2013, Hawk joined the Justice League NYC and has engaged in their national campaign to fix the broken criminal justice system.

Mike Niconchuk (Leadership Circle)

Senior Researcher, Beyond Conflict

Mike Niconchuk is a Senior Researcher at Beyond Conflict’s Innovation Lab, where he leads several projects that focus on the science of trauma and stress, the biology of social belonging and exclusion, and violence prevention. Over the past months, his work through the Lab has shaped international and local institutions’ responses to a wide variety of social conflict and justice issues, including the Syrian refugee crises, counterterrorism and countering violent extremism, and racial injustice and tension in the United States.

Mike played a pivotal role in the UN-led interagency coordination mechanisms for Education and Youth in Za’atri Refugee Camp, leading inter-agency data collection efforts, the establishment of referral pathways for complex cases, and conducting inter-agency trainings focusing on youth participation, empowerment, and integration.

Michael is a graduate of Tufts University and University College London and holds degrees in International Relations and Social Cognition.

Suzii Paynter (Leadership Circle)

Executive Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Suzii Paynter is the Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a Christian network of nearly 1,800 churches comprised of people and churches that partner in renewing God’s world.

Prior to joining CBF in March 2013, Paynter served in executive management of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and as director of the Advocacy Care Center. Paynter directed public policy initiatives for state and federal issues and led international relief and development projects. During her tenure at the BGCT, which spanned more than a decade, Paynter focused on creating and managing large-scale programs that focus on ministering alongside and advocating for the least of these.

In 2013, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty honored Paynter with the J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award. Paynter’s work has also been highlighted on television programs such as Moyers in America, and in print publications such as the Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. In April 2014, Paynter was invited to the White House, where she discussed immigration reform with President Obama and a small group of faith leaders in the Oval Office.

A nationally recognized faith leader and ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher of more than 40 years, Paynter has held positions of leadership in Baptist churches in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi.

Sara Rahim

Sara Rahim (Leadership Circle)

United Nations Representative, Parliament of the World’s Religions

Sara Rahim is a Youth Representative to the United Nations for Parliament of the World’s Religions. She sits on the Advisory Council of UK-based Grassroot Diplomat and The Sanctuaries, a spiritually diverse arts collective in Washington DC. She has spoken prominently about the role of interfaith cooperation to institutions across the United States and Europe, including at the United Nations. Sara currently is a Masters of Public Policy candidate at the University of Chicago, specializing in international policy and inclusive development.

Joel Rainey (Leadership Circle)

Lead Pastor, Covenant Church

Dr. Joel Rainey is Lead Pastor at Covenant Church, Shepherdstown West Virginia.  A former Christian missionary and denominational executive, his experience includes cultural exchange and engagement on five continents.  His focus in these areas included church planting, economic development, education, civil society, and multi-faith engagement and dialogue.  His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, The Christian Post, and Christianity Today, and he has represented the evangelical perspective to news outlets such as The Baltimore Sun, and Al Jazeera.  He holds  degrees from North Greenville University (B.A.), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.).

The Reverend Dr. Rob Schenck (Leadership Circle)

Author , Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister’s Rediscovery of Faith, Hope and Love

The Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck is an ordained Evangelical minister and President of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, located in Washington, DC. A leader among American Evangelicals, Dr. Schenck served a 2-year term as Chairman of the Evangelical Church Alliance, America’s oldest association of independent Evangelical clergy.

Dr. Schenck holds a B.A. in Religion, M.A. in Christian Ministry, D.Min in Church and State, and is a senior fellow at The Centre for the Study of Law and Public Policy at Oxford. He serves on numerous boards and committees, including the National Advisory Board on Community Engagement in the State Courts. His professional memberships include the National Association of Evangelicals, the American Academy of Religion, the Capitol Forum Club, and The University Club of Washington.

Dr. Schenck is the subject of Abigail Disney’s Emmy-winning documentary examining Evangelicals and the gun culture, The Armor of Light. He is a contracted author with HarperCollins for Costly Grace.

Dr. Schenck lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Cheryl, a psychotherapist in private practice.

Kenneth Stern (Leadership Circle)

Co-Founder, President, Palisades Media Ventures

Ken Stern leads the creative and business teams at PMV, focusing on creating new and innovative programming for digital platforms and television. Prior to launching Palisades, Stern was the CEO of National Public Radio. During his tenure, NPR’s radio audience more than doubled, from under 13 million weekly listeners to more than 26 million weekly listeners. Before joining NPR, Stern was a senior executive in American International Broadcasting. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Beth Cooper and their son Nate.

Ken is the author of “Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right.” After realizing that he lacked exposure to the political right, he traveled across the country to engage with conservative Americans– attending evangelical churches, NASCAR races, Tea Party meetings and Steve Bannon’s radio show. “Republican Like Me” reveals what lead him to change his mind, and his view of an increasingly polarized America.

Joseph Touma (Leadership Circle)

Executive Committee, Duke College Republicans

Joseph Touma is a freshman at Duke University where he studies Political Science and Public Policy. In 2016, Joseph co-founded Bridge the Divide, an international initiative that seeks to promote civil conversation and political tolerance amongst high school and college students around the world. Today, the organization has over 100 ambassadors in 24 countries.

Joseph is a member of the Executive Board for the Duke College Republicans. He is also senator on Duke Student Government’s Services and Sustainability and Judiciary Committees. In addition, Joseph serves on the Student Organization Financing Committee which oversees an activities budget of over $700,000 per year, meeting weekly to approve allocation of funding for various student groups and academic events. Joseph is also a member of the Duke Ski Team.

Brian H. Williams, M.D. (Board Vice Chair)

Trauma Surgeon, Dallas, Texas

Dr. Brian Williams is a trauma surgeon best known for his role in treating the victims of the 2016 Dallas Police Shooting.  Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Williams was an aeronautical engineer in the U.S. Air Force.  He earned his MD from the University of South Florida.  Since then, he has trained and worked at Harvard, Emory, and UT Southwestern Medical Center.  He is an accomplished physician and highly sought after public speaker.  Dr. Williams’s passion is social justice and equality.

Pastor Ted Winsley (Leadership Circle)

Pastor / Chaplain, The Family Church / Philadelphia Eagles

Theodore T. Winsley Sr., “Pastor Ted” as he is affectionately called, is a native of Dover, Delaware and currently resides in South Jersey.  Pastor Ted and his wife Dawn are the pastors of The Family Church, a non- denominational, multi ethnic bible-based church located in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Pastor Ted’s vision is to teach people to know God as Father, experience personal freedom and discover their God-given gifts in order to make an impact to change their community and world.

Pastor Ted lives to disciple and mentor others, as he loves to be used by God.  His main focus is to help others out of bondage and pain and into the liberty found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. In addition to faithfully serving The Family Church, he has been the Chaplain for the players of the Philadelphia Eagles since 2001.  He is a passionate preacher/ teacher who loves to convey biblical truths that transforms lives.

Pastor Ted has a Pastoral Certificate & Associate’s Degree through Vision International University.    He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Delaware State University.

Pastor Ted has been married since 1993 to his college sweetheart Dawn and is the proud father of two children, Tierra and Theo.

Afia Yunus (Board Vice Chair)

Owner, Principal Attorney, Yunus Law P.C.

Mrs. Yunus received her B.A. degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and received Dean’s Honors List distinction every semester.  She earned her J.D. degree, Cum Laude, from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2010 with a Certificate in Public Interest Law. At Chicago-Kent, she was awarded the CALI award, Dean’s Certificate of Service Award, and was on the Dean’s Honor List.

She is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois Federal District Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Immigration Courts nationwide.

One America Movement Launch Party

2101 L St. NW Rooftop, Washington, District of Columbia 20003

Tuesday | May 16, 2017

5:30 PM


Join us for the official launch of the One America Movement!
As America grows increasingly divided and Americans grow increasingly isolated from each other, the One America Movement is launching to promote a vision for a more unified, inclusive and connected society.

Be there as we launch. Learn more about One America, hear from great speakers, network with faith, service, non-profit and government leaders and enjoy rooftop views of DC.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP required. Space is limited.

Admission is free.

Suggested Donation: $50

***In the event of bad weather, we will move the event to Oxfam America, 1101 17th St. NW, Washington, DC***

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One America DC Multi-Faith Service Project

By Invite Only, Washington, District of Columbia 20032

Sunday | May 21, 2017



The One America Movement is bringing together Jews, Christians and Muslims in Washington to serve together at a shelter in Washington. After the project, participants will share a meal and a conversation together. Participation for this project is by invite only.

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One America Multi-Faith Service Project

TBD, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Sunday | July 30, 2017



The One America Movement will hold a multi-faith service project in Cherry Hill, NJ on July 30, 2017. This event is currently by invitation only.

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One America Movement National Speaking Tour

1316 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Saturday | August 19, 2017

9:00 AM


One America Movement director Andrew Hanauer will speak at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, California. This event is part of a six-city national tour to promote One America's vision for a more inclusive and connected society.

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One America Movement National Speaking Tour

TBD, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Saturday | July 29, 2017



One America Movement Director Andrew Hanauer will speak at Congregation Nafshenu in Cherry Hill, NJ on July 29, 2017.

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One America Movement National Speaking Tour

1501 Washington Ave, Albany, CA 94706

Sunday | August 20, 2017

10:00 AM


One America Movement director Andrew Hanauer will speak at St. Alban's Episcopal Church during Sunday worship services. All are welcome.

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One America Movement Bay Area Launch Party

1316 University Ave, Berekley, CA 94702

Wednesday | August 23, 2017

6:30 PM


Join us for the official Bay Area launch of the One America Movement!

As America grows increasingly divided and Americans grow increasingly isolated from each other, the One America Movement is launching to promote a vision for a more unified, inclusive and connected society.

Be there as we launch. Learn more about One America, hear from great speakers and network with faith, service, academic and non-profit leaders.

Refreshments will be served and there will be a silent auction. RSVP required. Space is limited.

Speakers will begin at 7:30pm.

Very Early Bird tickets are free.

Early bird tickets are $10.

General Admission tickets are $20.

Suggested donation is $100

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World Refugee Day Community Iftar

1325 36th St, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20007

Tuesday | June 20, 2017

8:15 PM


Join us for an informal community Iftar dinner in honor of World Refugee Day. This event is sponsored by the One America Movement and Veterans for American Ideals, two organizations working to bring people together and combat Islamophobia. Join Veterans, people of all faiths and potentially members of the local refugee community.

$10 Suggested Donation

Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

The event will take place in the "Big Room" in the Lower School of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown.

RSVP Required

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One America Movement Multi-Faith Service and Dialogue

TBD, Detroit, MI 48224

Sunday | October 1, 2017

2:00 PM


The One America Movement will host a multi-faith service project, meal and conversation on October 1, 2017. Participation is by invite only. Please reach out if you are interested or if you are interested in hosting a similar project in your own community.

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One America Movement Multi-Faith Service and Dialogue

TBD, Cheltenham, PA 19012

Tuesday | November 7, 2017

3:00 PM


The One America Movement will host a multi-faith service project, meal and conversation on November 7, 2017. Participation is by invite only. Please reach out if you are interested or if you are interested in hosting a similar project in your own community.

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Building One America Workshop and Panel

250 South Rossmore Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90004

Saturday | October 28, 2017



One America Movement Director Andrew Hanauer will speak on panels and lead three workshops on bridging the divides in our country and building a coalition for One America during the Converge Conference

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One America West Virginia Kick-Off

101 West Martin Street, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401

Sunday | May 6, 2018

3:00-6:00 p.m.





Be there as we launch One America West Virginia!

The One America Movement and the Hope Dealer Project invite you to join us as we launch our fight against opioids in the Eastern Panhandle. We’ll build relationships with each other and our partners from Washington D.C., talk about the heroin crisis in a real way and share a meal at St. John's Lutheran Church in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

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One America National Speaking Tour: Temple Har Shalom

3700 N Brookside Court, Park City, Utah 84060

Friday | June 8, 2018

6:30-7:30 p.m.


One America director Andrew Hanauer will deliver the sermon during worship services at Temple Har Shalom in Park City, Utah. The Temple's worship services are open to the public. For more information, please contact [email protected]

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One America National Speaking Tour: Re-Imagining Interfaith Conference

800 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20052

Monday | July 30, 2018

9-10:30 a.m.


One America director Andrew Hanauer will speak at the Re-Imagining Interfaith conference in Washington, D.C. Andrew will be speaking at the fourth conference session, “Interfaith Organizing in a Changing Spiritual Landscape," taking place on Monday, July 30 from 9-10:30 a.m.

You can register for the conference at the link below or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

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One America National Speaking Tour: Utah Ramadan Panel

280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103

Saturday | June 2, 2018

6:00-9:00 p.m.


The One America director Andrew Hanauer will speak on a panel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Salt Lake City Public Library Marmalade Branch will be hosting a Ramadan event and panel on spirituality and self control. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with cultural activities, a panel discussion at 7:30, after which speakers will be part of a Q&A session. Dinner will be served at 9:00 p.m.

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One America Speaking Tour: Fighting Opioids and Polarization, Together

211 East Congress Street, Charles Town, West Virginia 25414

Tuesday | April 24, 2018

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


One America director Andrew Hanauer will speak at Charles Town Baptist Church about the opioid epidemic and One America West Virginia. Space is limited, for questions or contact [email protected]

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One America Philadelphia: Multi-Faith Service Project and Dialogue

Philadelphia, Pennsylania 19129

Sunday | April 15, 2018

4:00-7:00 p.m.


One America Philadelphia members will join together across religious, racial and political divides to volunteer at a food pantry, talk and eat together. This event is by invitation only to maintain balanced numbers of each participating group.

One America Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Sunday | July 29, 2018


One America Los Angeles launches with a service project for the homeless, a meal catered by Syrian refugees and a conversation between evangelical Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities. If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact [email protected]

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Religious Leader Trainings on Polarization

Washington D.C, Chicago and TBD,


One America works with partner organizations to train religious leaders on the dynamics of polarization - and how we can lead our communities toward a better future. If you interested in participating, please contact Areesa Somani at [email protected]

One America Utah Multi-Faith Engagement Project

224 and White Pine Canyon Road, Park City, Utah 84098

Saturday | October 27, 2018

7:00 p.m.


One America Utah coalition members will join together in a closed event to across religious, racial and political divides to volunteer at a homeless shelter and share a conversation over a meal. For more information, e-mail Areesa Somani at [email protected]

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Religious Leader Trainings on Polarization

Dallas, Texas


One America works with partner organizations to train religious leaders on the dynamics of polarization and how we can lead our communities toward a better future.

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One America West Virginia Launch

Jefferson County, West Virginia

Sunday | October 21, 2018

2:00-6:30 p.m.


One America works with partner organizations to train religious leaders on the dynamics of polarization and how we can lead our communities toward a better future.

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