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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Director of National Security Outreach
Human Rights First
Muslim Public Affairs Council
Public Affairs Department
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Grand Blanc Stake (Michigan)
Ecumenical Poverty Initiative
Congregation Netivot Shalom
President and CEO
Repair the World
Director of the Peace with Justice Program
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
Human Needs and Global Resources Program, Wheaton College
Executive Vice President of Programs
Lutheran Services Florida
Catholic Campaign for Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Redeemer Covenant Church (Tulsa, OK)
Next Wave Muslim Initiative
Bridge the Divide
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
United Nations Representative
Parliament of the World’s Religions
Duke College Republicans
Pastor / Chaplain
The Family Church / Philadelphia Eagles
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Andrew Hanauer is the Director of the One America Movement and the Director of Faith-Based Partnerships at Repair the World. 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 on the steering committee of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition and on the board of directors of Bridges of Promise, a non-profit that funds school fees for children in East Africa. Prior to joining Repair the World, Andrew was the Campaigns Director at Jubilee USA, directed green job training programs in low-income communities in California and ran an after-school homework center at a public elementary school. Andrew has a BA in History from Dartmouth College and an MA in International Studies from the University of San Francisco.
Areesa Somani is the Program Associate for the One America Movement. Areesa coordinates social media campaigns, digital strategy, program development and strategic planning. She 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-profits, 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 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.
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 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 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, DC. Brous 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
2101 L St. NW Rooftop, Washington, District of Columbia 20003
Tuesday | May 16, 2017
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***
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.Sign Up Now
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.Sign Up Now
1316 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Saturday | August 19, 2017
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.Sign Up Now
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.Sign Up Now
1501 Washington Ave, Albany, CA 94706
Sunday | August 20, 2017
One America Movement director Andrew Hanauer will speak at St. Alban's Episcopal Church during Sunday worship services. All are welcome.Sign Up Now
1316 University Ave, Berekley, CA 94702
Wednesday | August 23, 2017
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
1325 36th St, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20007
Tuesday | June 20, 2017
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.
TBD, Detroit, MI 48224
Sunday | October 1, 2017
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.Sign Up Now
TBD, Cheltenham, PA 19012
Tuesday | November 7, 2017
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.Sign Up Now
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 ConferenceSign Up Now
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25403
Sunday | May 6, 2018
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.
1780 South Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Saturday | June 9, 2018
One America Movement Director Andrew Hanauer will be in Salt Lake City, Utah to give a sermon at the Latter Day Saints Institute.
Event time and details to come. Contact [email protected] for questions.