Imam Talib M. Shareef is President and Imam of the historic Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, a prominent African American mosque in Washington, D.C. He is the vice chair and national chaplain of the Muslim Veterans Association, after having served in the U.S. Air Force for over 30 years. He participated as the primary Imam in the Abuja Peace Declaration organized by the International Global Peace Foundation and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria. He is President of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, and was the first Imam with military service to offer a prayer at an opening session of the U.S. Congress. Under the high patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, Imam Shareef received the Kingdom’s highest Royal Medal and honor for his outstanding interfaith leadership. He has been honored at the White House and has spoken at the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, and at peace conventions in Northern Ireland, South America, South Korea, and South Africa.
Dr. Eboo Patel is the founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, dedicated to the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a divisive barrier. For over fifteen years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and colleges and universities to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council, and is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and The New Interfaith Leadership: A Primer.
Eboo holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.
Imam Mohamed Magid serves as Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia, and is the chairman of International Interfaith Peace Corps. Imam Magid has also served as President of the Islamic Society of North America. Under his direction, the ADAMS Center has grown to be one of the largest Muslim community organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He also holds the Chairmanship of the Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action, and is a Chaplain of the George Mason University Campus Ministry. He is also the Vice Chairman of Muflehun, a think tank which focuses on confronting violent extremist thought through research-driven preventative programs within a religious paradigm. Imam Magid has a long history of commitment to public service through organizations such as The Peaceful Families Project. Imam Magid has co-authored three books: Before You Tie the Knot: A Guide for Couples, Reflections on the Qur’an and Change From Within.
Farhan Latif is president of the El-Hibri Foundation, based in Washington D.C., which strives to build an inclusive America through community organizing. He previously led the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a research think tank that empowers American Muslims to contribute to democracy and pluralism. He also founded Strategic Inspirations, a social-impact consulting firm. He is a fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and serves on the executive committee of the Muslim Giving Project Fund that was launched at Stanford University. Farhan’s career has been chronicled in two books, Mecca and Mainstreet: Muslim Life in America After 9/11, and Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam by Genieve Abdo and Akbar Ahmad.
Farhan received a Master of Arts from Harvard University and a BA in business management and marketing from the University of Michigan Dearborn.
Suhail A. Khan is a Senior Fellow for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement and Director of Government Affairs at Microsoft. He was a senior political appointee in the George W. Bush administration and on Capitol Hill. In 2010 and 2013, he led delegations of American faith leaders to commemorate the Holocaust memorial at Auschwitz. In 2015, he was part of a Shalom Hartman Institute visit to Israel, and in 2016 spoke at the Republican National Convention, participating also on an AJC panel on anti-Semitism.
He received his JD from the University of Iowa and his BA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Daisy Khan is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), a women-led organization committed to peacebuilding, equality, and justice for Muslims around the globe. A frequent public speaker and media commentator, she lectures on Islam in America, women’s rights within Islam, and violent extremism. Among her numerous awards are the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action Award, and Women’s E-News “21 leaders for the 21st Century.”
Daisy graduated with a BFA from the New York School of Interior Design, and spent twenty-five years as an interior architect for Fortune 500 companies before committing to full-time community service.
Imam Plemon T. El-Amin is the Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, one of the largest and most progressive mosques in the U.S. He is the former Director of the Clara Mohammed Elementary School and W. Deen Mohammed School of Atlanta. He is the Director of World Pilgrims, which takes Muslims, Christians, and Jews on journeys throughout the world to develop and deepen friendships. He serves on the Boards of the Interfaith Community Initiatives, Truly Living Well Organic Gardens, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, and the Atlanta Majlis Ash-Shura.
Imam El-Amin is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Harvard University.
Majid AlSayegh is a principal of Alta Management, LLC, which provides real estate development and project management services on large capital projects in both the public and private sectors. He chairs both the Board of Trustees of Delaware Valley University and the Board of Directors of the Dialogue Institute, which promotes intrareligious, interreligious, and intercultural dialogue and engagement around the world through the support of scholarship, training, and action.
Rabbi David Wolpe, named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek, is Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. He is the author of eight books including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times, and David, the Divided Heart. Rabbi Wolpe has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. He is a columnist for Time.com and has also published in the New York Times, the LA Times, and other news media, and has appeared often on television.
Rabbi David Wolpe was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld is Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Assembly, and served on President Obama’s White House Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In 2012, she was part of a mission of religious leaders that went on a six-city tour to Indonesia, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel to highlight the role of religion in advancing Middle East peace.
She was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she also received her Master’s degree in Judaic studies, and earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University.