OUR LEADERSHIP

Multi-Faith Neighbors Network (MFNN) is proud to engage effective leaders who seek to build resilient communities of mutual trust and respect  through civic engagement, authentic

relationship and honest dialogue.

CO-FOUNDERS

STAFF

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Stephen Grand

Senior Advisor

Steve is the executive director of the Network for Dialogue, a new non-profit initiative designed to facilitate civic dialogue in the Middle East and North Africa.  He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and has been in recent years a visiting professor at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and Utrecht University’s University College.  Previously, he served as the executive director of the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Strategy Task Force, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley.  For more than six years, he directed the Brookings Institution’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, where he authored the book Understanding Tahrir Square: What Transitions Elsewhere Can Teach Us About the Prospects for Arab Democracy.

 

As Senior Advisor, Steve will work to ensure MFNN is reaching its goals effectively through relationship building and community engagement along with overseeing the monitoring, evaluation, and learning for our various projects and programs.

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Ali Khawaja

Director of Operations

Prior to joining MFNN, Ali worked for the U.S. federal government as well as private sector companies specializing in program/project management.

Ali is an active member and volunteer at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center supporting Imam Mohamed Magid on a variety of different projects as well as working on the Multi-Faith, Government and Law Enforcement Committees.

Ali is currently serving in the U.S. Army National Guard. Lastly, Ali is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavioral Science.

As Director of Operations, Ali is responsible to ensure MFNN is operating efficiently and effectively.

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Daniel Langford

Director of Administration

Daniel is responsible for ensuring the organization is executing at a high level and in an efficient way.

He loves talking about religion and politics and loves the work MFNN is doing for religious freedom for all faiths around the world.

Daniel holds a Business Marketing degree from Texas A&M University.  He then received a Master’s in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.  Daniel and his wife, Paige, have two young daughters.

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Hurunnessa Fariad

Director of Outreach

Hurunnessa has overseen the Multifaith efforts at the ADAMS Center and is an active member of D.C. Muslim Jewish Advisory Council and Peace Catalyst International. Ms. Fariad serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors at Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Leadership Circle Advisor for the One America Movement, Muslim Member for Fairfax County’s Interfaith & Equity Committee, Muslim Member of The Fairfax County Public School Religious Observances Task Force and member of the TSA Multicultural Coalition. Ms. Fariad is the founder and Music Director of America's first Mosque Youth Choir, The ADAMS BEAT, which is actively involved in multifaith and advocacy work.

 

As Director of Outreach, she will be responsible for building relationships outside of the organization to more effectively reach the goals of MFNN. This also includes working with clerics in their cities to better equip them to lead in their city and communicate with local partners and helping mobilize women in our programs.

Micah Fries

Director of Programs

Micah has served over 21 years in Christian ministry including 14 years as a Senior Pastor in Tennessee & Missouri. He also held roles as a Director of Ministry Development at LifeWay Christian Resources and has lived and worked as a Christian minister in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Micah is a fantastic communicator being a frequent guest speaker at churches and conferences and an author of several books including Islam & North America: Loving our Muslim Neighbors, Leveling the Church, and others. He has also participated with Multifaith Neighbors Network as a pastor and participant in programs in Chattanooga, TN and Morocco.

 

As Director of Programs, Micah will be responsible for planning and execution of all programs for Multi-Faith Neighbors Network. He will work with the team to ensure all Multi-faith Neighbors Network programming aligns with the vision and mission and sees that these are done with excellence.

Josh Tate

Director of Communications

Josh is a marketing and communications veteran with over 15 years of experience in leading teams in corporate, retail, leisure, family entertainment, sports, and church communications.

 

Previously, he served as Vice President of Marketing at Urban Air, owned a mid-sized advertising agency, and was a communications creative pastor.

 

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Josh holds a B.A. in Communications & Design from the University of Central Oklahoma. Josh and his wife Misty moved to Texas in 2005 and have two children.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bob Roberts (Chair)
Imam Mohamed Magid (Vice-Chair)
Dr. Chris King (Treasurer)
Ambassador David Saperstein (Board Member)
Shaista Mahmood (Board Member)
Tarek El-Messidi (Board Member)
Ambassador Doug Holladay (Board Member)

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Imam Didmar Faja (Phoenix)
Pastor Josh Prather (Phoenix)

Rabbi Jeremy Schneider (Phoenix)
Sister Azra Hussain (Phoenix)

Pastor Kim Gladden (Indianapolis)
Rabbi Lauren Berkun (Miami)

Pastor Steve Bezner (Houston)

Rabbi Eli Freedman (Philadelphia)

Imam Mohamed Almasmar (Detroit)

 

ABOUT US

MFNN was established to build resilient communities of mutual trust and respect among faith leaders through civic engagement, authentic relationship and honest dialogue.

ADDRESS

817-601-5227

 

1870 Rufe Snow Dr.

Keller, TX 76248

 

info@mfnnetwork.com

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