Brie Loskota is the managing director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) at the University of Southern California. CRCC, which was named a Pew Center of Excellence in 2002, is a creative nexus where scholars, practitioners and thought-leaders interact to produce research and programs that bring new insight into the roles of religion in the public square.
In her capacity as managing director, Loskota oversees the Center’s strategic planning, media presence and relations with foundations and government agencies. She also conducts research, develops programs and seeds new ventures across CRCC’s areas of expertise.
Loskota’s research examines how religious groups change and how they make change in the world. Specifically, her work focuses on the evolving landscape of different religious communities in the U.S., builds capacity among faith-based non-profit organizations and facilitates partnerships between government agencies and faith groups on issues like disaster response.
Most recently, she served as program officer of the Center’s Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative, a $6.9 million global grant-making and research initiative sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation to transform the study of one of the world’s fastest growing religious movements.
Currently she is examining the ways religious groups prepare for and respond to disasters. This investigation is part of an initiative to create professional development courses that will enhance the ability of government agencies to partner with religious groups and to convene public/private roundtables around these issues. Along with partners at USC CREATE and the National Disaster Interfaiths Network, Loskota is designing a comprehensive package of materials to ensure that FEMA's Disaster Survival Assistance Teams are trained in religious competency and literacy as part of their disaster response.
She is co-founder and special advisor to CRCC’s American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, a program that equips individuals between the ages of 25-40 with skills to enhance civic participation in their communities. Loskota has also served on the executive committees of the Passing the Mantle Clergy and Lay Leadership Institute, a USC program to develop civic leadership among African American clergy and lay leaders, and the Faith Leaders Institute, an alliance of Latino and African American clergy run by the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement.
Loskota speaks and writes frequently on topics such as interfaith engagement, faith-based human services and religious identity among post-Boomers. Her writing on these and other topics has appeared in Religion Dispatches, Huffington Post, Trans-Missions, the Wire, the Brookings Institute, the Aspen Institute and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Her work and commentary have also been featured in the Los Angeles Time, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting, the Voice of America and Take Part Live.
She regularly lectures on religion and society—particularly on the intersection of religious and social currents in the Los Angeles region—and has spoken at conferences and meetings sponsored by the Asia Foundation, the U.S.-China Education Trust, Yale University, Union of Reform Judaism and Stanford University.
Loskota is actively involved in several community and non-profit groups that work at the intersection of religion and the public square, including Building Bridges, NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, Religion Dispatches, the Guibord Center: Religion Inside Out and Jewish World Watch, where she also chairs the Solar Cooker Project, an initiative that supplies solar cookers to Darfuri Refugees living in Chad. She also serves as the faith sector liaison for the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation, which coordinates private sector disaster response with the city's Emergency Operations Center.
Prior to joining the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Loskota served as the summer program director of the Face to Face/Faith to Faith Summer Institute, as an evaluator and strategic planner for faith-based organizations, a high school teacher and as a consultant on market research strategies and business management.
She received her M.A. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, studied Hebrew at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and completed her B.A. in history and religion at the University of Southern California.