Staff Members

 

Rev. Amanda Henderson

Executive Director

 
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Rev. Amanda Henderson has served as Executive Director of The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado since 2014. She is an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where she has served as a pastor, and continues to preach and teach in multiple communities. Amanda is adjunct faculty at Iliff School of Theology and Auburn Seminary. A graduate of Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University), she is an alumnus of the Beatitudes Society, and is a frequent speaker and writer on the topics of interfaith understanding, advocacy, and civic engagement. She is also a community leader in Denver, Colorado bringing people together for healing in times of tragedy, and mobilizing individuals and groups in times of injustice.

 

Brandon Peterson

Development Director

 
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Brandon has worked in the nonprofit and public policy sectors for the past five years. He has worked for elected officials in Colorado as well as local and international nonprofit organizations in Denver and has always worked towards equality, justice, and freedom for people of all faiths and beliefs. Brandon has helped triple the annual budget for The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado through procuring significant grants and building a sustainable base of supporters. You can find Brandon playing ice hockey, or standing in solidarity with Denver’s community of people experiencing homelessness.

 

Jill Wildenberg

Public Policy Director

 
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Jill started working on campaigns in 1972. In 2016 she led the Colorado Faith Leaders for the Clinton campaign, and in 2012 was Neighborhood Team Leader for the Obama campaign. The former Education Director of Congregation Beth Evergreen, led the congregation for 22 years, and now serves on the boards of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado. Jill was also the Co-Captain of House District 5A Democrats, and worked as the aide to  Speaker Crisanta Duran from 2013 - 2014. With a passion for “Tikkun Olam” (Hebrew for healing the world), she's fulfilling her dreams at the Interfaith Alliance. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, road cycling, hiking, and traveling.

 

Nathan Davis Hunt

Program Director of Economic Justice

 
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Nathan has been living, working, and walking alongside folks at the margins for the last ten years. He received a Master of Arts in Urban Mission from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary in 2016. He has worked in a variety of community organizing and development capacities, including as co-founder of three social enterprises. Nathan’s passions sit at the intersection of overcoming the oppressive power of whiteness, building a just and equitable economy, and caring for the ecological health of our Common Home. He blogs at www.ForShalom.com.

 

Ana Temu

Communications Director

 
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Ana Temu is a community activist, political strategist, and coffee maniac. She is a first-generation citizen with roots from Sinaloa, Mexico and Guastetoya, Guatemala. Ana was raised knowing the hardship immigrants face in this country, which is why she started becoming politically engaged through immigrant rights activism helping pass countless pro-immigrant bills in the state, founded a scholarship fund for undocumented students in Boulder County, and working on immigration reform at the national level with United We Dream. Ana knows that the best way to change policy is to have someone in office that will champion the issues of marginalized folks. Ana shifted her unapologetic activism to campaigning, running successful campaigns at all levels including gubernatorial and presidential. Ana now hopes to bring faith to the forefront of civil discourse to work towards the liberation of marginalized folks.

 

Iman Jodeh

Deputy Policy Director

 
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Iman Jodeh is a trained Social Worker, with a Master's in Public Policy. She has served as Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Denver, and institutions across the United States. A first-generation Palestinian-American, Iman is an expert in international nonprofit organizations, and serves as the Executive Director of Meet the Middle East. A Lecturer at the University of Denver, she is a regular guest speaker on Islam and the geopolitical climate of the Middle East. Together with her family, she helped found the Colorado Muslim Society. 

 

Sonia Kaufman

Office Manager

 
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Sonia Kaufman is a recent graduate of Penn State University and a Colorado transplant. During her time in school, Sonia experienced both working in the non-Profit sector and volunteering for Jewish organizations.  She received her undergraduate degree in Geography (B.S.) and Women's Studies (B.S.) with a minor in Geographic Information Sciences. Through her work and studies, Sonia became distraught with the campus culture surrounding sexual assaults, and later trained to become a volunteer for Women's Resource Centers and Sexual Assault Prevention Programs. She graduated with honors in Women's Studies and published a thesis titled "A Spatial Analysis of Sexual Assaults on a College Campus: A Case Study of Penn State University from 2014 to 2017". Since moving to Colorado, she has continued her work with Women's Resource Centers and religious congregations. During her free time Sonia enjoys reading Harry Potter, taking bike rides, and eating (lots of) dim sum. 

 

 

Board Members

Dilpreet jammu

Board President

 
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Dilpreet Jammu has served with The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado since 2013, and been board chair since 2015. In his time as chair he has grown the organization and worked to support clarity and focus to all organizational activities in order to strengthen the mission. Dilpreet is a leader in the Sikh community, founder of the Colorado Sikhs, and Co-Director of the Khalsa School. Dilpreet brings his expertise as a business development consultant to the non-profit sector through this work.

 

Prof. Ved Nanda

Board Vice President

 
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Ved P. Nanda is a Distinguished University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver, where he founded the International Legal Studies Program in 1972 and now directs the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law.  The Center was established in his honor by alumni and friends, who have also endowed a professorship in his name. He has received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan, and Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India, and has taught and lectured at several universities in the U.S. and abroad.  He is also an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Delhi, India.

 

Rev. Tawana Davis

BOD, Faith Spokesperson

 
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Reverend Tawana Davis is a compassionate minister, an engaging group facilitator, and a prophetic public intellectual whose scholarly and spiritual insights make her a highly sought-after preacher, speaker, and seminar leader. Born and raised in Harlem, New York by the late Edward Eugene Davis Jr. and the late Rose Lee Davis, Rev. Davis’ parents instilled in her the vital intersectionality of faith, race, and social justice.  A lifetime member of the NAACP, Rev. Davis is a Co-Founder and Consultant of Soul 2 Soul LLC – a faith-based consulting firm focused on racial justice, healing and liberation – and serves on the Board of Directors

 

Hal Simmons

Board of Directors (BOD)

 
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Hall Simmons is a longtime Interfaith leader in Denver, a founding member of the Abrahamic Initiative, and a high-end retail manager and business developer. Together with his wife, Susan McKee, Hal spends his summers in Chautauqua, New York. It is there, the couple founded a non-profit called Knitting for Peace, for which he oversees financial affairs. Hal also has a passion for organizational sustainability, and is a member of Park Hill UCC in Denver, CO.

 

Thomas Wolfe

Board of Directors (BOD)

 
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Thomas Wolfe is President and CEO of the Iliff School of Theology, and President of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. Tom Wolfe is also the former Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Syracuse University; former Dean of Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University; former Interdenominational Protestant Chaplain, Syracuse University. He has served as pastor of United Methodist parishes in Moravia and Ithaca, in upstate New York, Appointee to Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s Commission on the Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration, and is an active member of the Religious Advisory Council, and the Denver Rotary Club.

 

JoKatherine Holliman

Board of Directors (BOD)

 
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A social worker who has taught around the country, including serving as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work; Anti-racism trainer for the national Episcopal Church; Active community volunteer who has served as a board member with numerous organizations, including: the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center, the African American Advisory Committee of the Colorado Historical Society, the United Nations Association, and the White Rose Foundation, Denver Chapter of The Links, Inc.

 

Susan Bonsall

Board of Directors (BOD)

 
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Rev. Susan Bonsall, Community Leader, serves on numerous non-profit boards in Denver and Larimer County that focus on environmental issues, social justice, education and community service. Career posts: Director, Leading Learning Communities; Executive Director, Colorado Environmental Coalition; Executive Director, Earth Day USA; Regional Director, Stewardship Community; Regional Director, Renaissance Business Associates; and Marketing and Communications Specialist at Rutgers University. She holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, an M.A. from Rutgers University and is ordained by the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, NYC.