Brie Loskota is the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her research focuses on how religions change and make change in the world. She is co-founder and senior advisor to the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and a trainer-facilitator with the United State Institute of Peace’s Generation Change program, where she has trained young leaders from across the Middle East and Africa.
Loskota works with local, state and federal government agencies to ensure more effective partnership with faith communities on issues including public health, mental health and disasters. She co-authored the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training curriculum on engaging faith communities in disasters and 16 tip sheets aimed at increasing religious competency in disaster response. She co-edited a religious literacy primer for disaster response and a field guide for faith community engagement for emergency management and public health officials.
Her writing have been published by Religion Dispatches, Los Angeles Magazine, Huffington Post, Trans-Missions, the Brookings Institute, the Aspen Institute and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Her commentary has also been featured in the Los Angeles Time, National Public Radio, Washington Post, Public Broadcasting, Voice of America and Take Part Live.
She is actively involved in several community and non-profit groups that work at the intersection of religion and the public square, including NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, Religion Dispatches, the Guibord Center: Religion Inside Out, L.A. Voice and Jewish World Watch, where she also chaired 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.
She is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman National Security Fellow, and a Homegrown Violent Extremism Study Group associate at USC.
Areas of Expertise:
- Community Resilience and Disaster Response
- Faith-based Organizations, Organizing and Social Services
- Government-Religious Engagement and Partnership
- Religious Pluralism
- Religious Change and Innovation
- Religion in Los Angeles
- Faith Community Leadership
- Security, Conflict, and International Affairs