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Future50 – LA’s Next Generation of…

Future50 Cohort

Los Angeles is one of the most religiously distinct and diverse cities in the world. Every faith that exists can be found here, and several can even trace their roots to this area. The religious landscape of the greater Los Angeles Area is in constant motion. There are nearly 10,000 congregations in L.A., and 53 percent of the population is counted among religious adherents. This could be a point of great tension, as it is for many parts of the world. In Los Angeles, however, the religious pluralism is a tie that binds our diverse populations together.

Since 1969, the Interreligious Council of Southern California (IRC) has been working to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between faith groups. In honor of IRC’s nearly half-century of work, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture in partnership with IRC launched Future50. This project seeks to uncover, highlight and provide support to the rising generation of leaders (aged 24-35) inspired by their faith who are committed to the values of IRC and to building a better region for all. Members of the Future50 cohort have also been invited to participate in networking and mentoring activities under the direction of the Interreligious Council of Southern California.

Future50 Cohort

We are pleased to announce the selection of the Future50 cohort. These rising leaders are just a small sample of the talented individuals working in Los Angeles at the intersection of faith, pluralism and social change.

Sumaya Abubaker
Cofounder, Rahma Network

Omar Ahmed
President, Impact Southern California

Cullen Armet
Program Coordinator, Emergency Network of Los Angeles

Eden Banarie
Youth Engagement Coordinator, Jewish World Watch

Sarah Bassin
Assistant Rabbi, Temple Emanuel

Dawnesha Beaver
Director of Special Projects and Community Initiatives, New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

Yvonne Chang
Associate Pastor, University Presbyterian Church

Jason Chu
Hip-hop artist

Liza Colenzo
American Sign Language Activist

McKenzie Eggers
Director of Public Affairs, The Los Angeles Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Shawn Evelyn
Chair, Program Group of Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles

Malka Fenyvesi
Managing Director, Avi Schaefer Fund

Nancy Frausto
Associate Rector and Priest-in-Charge, St. Mary’s Church and Trinity Episcopal Church

Todd Gallinger
Director of Chapter Development, Council on American Islamic Relations

Arin Ghosh
Youth Leader, Vedanta International Cultural Center

Albert Giang
Member, Program Group for Youth Ministry, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles / All Saints Pasadena

Courtney Gonzales
Volunteer, New Dwaraka Temple ISKON

Caedmon Grace
Minister of Congregational Care, Founders Metropolitan Community Church

Nathan Graeser
Community Liaison/Analyst, USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families

Adam Greenwald
Director of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program, American Jewish University

Aziza Hasan
Interim Executive Director, NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change

Naama Haviv
Assistant Director, Jewish World Watch

Deana Helmy
Director of Programs and Compliance, Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies

Zachary Hoover
Executive Director, LA Voice

Milia Islam-Majeed
Executive Director, South Coast Interfaith Council

Sarah Jawaid
Organizer, LA Voice

Nathaniel Katz
Director of Communications, Claremont School of Theology

Jyotswaroop Kaur
Education Director, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Sondos Kholaki
President of the Board of Directors, Islamic Center of Irvine

David Levitus
Director of Development, Yiddishkayt

Bailey London
Executive Director, USC Hillel Foundation

Nathanel Lowe
Community Engagement Coordinator, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles

Victor Luna
President of the Board, Friends of School Mental Health

Daniela Madrid
Volunteer, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Lia Mandelbaum
Blogger for Sacred Intentions, Jewish Journal

Haroon Manjlai
Public Affairs Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter

Sable Manson
Director of Residential Life, USC Office of Religious Life

Ali Mir
Director of Muslim Student Life, USC Office of Religious Life

Michael Morgan
Volunteer Chaplain, Veterans Administration

Timothy Murphy
Executive Director, Progressive Christians Uniting

Bharathwaj Nandakumar
Director of Hindu Student Life, USC Office of Religious Life

Tasneem Noor
CEO/Life Coach, Noor Enterprises: SOULful Transformation

Demontre Reever
Youth Pastor, Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church

Jonathan Russell
Chaplain, Union Rescue Mission
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Affad Shaikh
Delegate, California’s 36th District Democratic Party

Tahil Sharma
United Nations Youth Representative, Parliament of the World’s Religions
Coordinator for the Center for Sikh Studies, Claremont Lincoln University

Treasure Sheppard
Outside Events Coordinator, Lake Avenue Church

Angad Singh
Volunteer, Sikh School of Los Angeles

Steven Smith
Director of Communications for Admissions, Fuller Theological Seminary

Chris Untiet
Faith Relations Manager, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Future50 Report

The Future50 report includes detailed biographies of Future50 cohort members as well as background information on the project, the Interreligious Council of Southern California and the importance of multi-faith work to the mission of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.


Download a PDF of the report