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.
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 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. Nathan is a founding board member of Colorado Village Collaborative (building Denver's first tiny home villages with and for people coming out of homelessness), and a board member with All in Denver. Nathan's masters studies blended theology, community organizing, and economic development. He seeks relationship at the margins and with the land to be led into intersectional, entrepreneurial opportunities for cultivating a regenerative, cooperative solidarity economy and 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 writes occasionally about nerdy stuff at www.ForShalom.com.
Deputy Policy Director
Melanie is thrilled to join the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado as the Deputy Policy Director. Previously, Melanie was a statewide community organizer with Healthier Colorado. She has also served as a Legislative Aide at the Colorado State Capitol for State Senator Dominic Moreno, and as a field organizer with New Era Colorado. Throughout these roles, Melanie discovered a passion both for local and state politics as well as working to get impacted communities seats at the table during the policy process. In Washington D.C., Melanie worked with Jews United for Justice to engage DC Jews to rally around their values and support local racial and economic justice reform. Specifically, she helped to pass JUFJ’s district-wide Paid Family Leave bill. Melanie earned a BA in International Studies and a BA with distinction in Religious Studies from the University of Denver. In her free time, she plays with her puppy, Winston, and enjoys all that Colorado has to offer, including hiking, camping, climbing, and various winter sports.
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 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.
Jessica Dominguez has been a teacher at Denver Public Schools for 17 years, and was Denver born-and-raised. After witnessing the effects of a changing Denver and the resulting instability that has rippled through the community, Jessica took a leave from teaching to research affordable housing solutions. Jessica and her husband are deeply embedded in their community and consider themselves advocates for social equity. She has a background in real estate, lending, and is a recent graduate of the Real Estate Diversity Initiative program through Urban Land Institute. She brings an authentic, honest voice through advocating, educating and empowering people around housing stability.
Logan works to create a place for homeless folks in Denver, Colorado through advocacy, engaged conversation, and contemplative prayer. Since graduating from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, he has worked with and for Denverites experiencing homelessness in various organizations, including Network Ministries Coffee House where he serves as Shift Director and Utility Infielder. Logan blogs at disembodiedbeard.com.
Having been raised in Arvada, CO Morgan has found it a beautiful journey to return to the Denver area in June 2014 after being gone for 15 years. She earned a Master of Divinity from Truett Theological Seminary, and an MSW in Community Practice from the Diana Garland School of Social Work at Baylor. Her graduate education focused on Congregational Social Work and connecting congregations to their surrounding community partners. Morgan was ordained at Calvary Baptist Church, Washington DC, in 2012. In addition to the Progressive Congregations Network, Morgan works at Calvary Baptist Church of Denver, is adjunct faculty at Iliff School of Theology, and chair of the Advisory Board for Juniper Formation. An anchor in all of her work is the belief that the world is changed through stories and finds it to be a vital expression of communal change and peacemaking. Morgan finds self-care practices through spiritual direction, a good cup of coffee or tea, music, hiking, reading, and time with friends and family.
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
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
Board of Directors
I am Tawana Davis, board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. I’ve been a board member for just over 2 years. I was first introduced to the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado during an action to develop a moral document for faith leaders, congregations, and community activist; a document that would bring us together to co-create a foundation upon which to stand and fight against oppression, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other ills in our nation and our world. The interfaith Alliance truly embodied what it meant to center the most targeted, marginalized, and oppressed. They used an inclusive language, compassionate approach, and an intersectional faith-filled prowess that inserted humanity into inhumane circumstances that included all faiths even those who don’t ascribe to a particular faith narrative or religion. During this time, I not only built an amazing friendship with Amanda Henderson, the Executive Director, but co-created a narrative that would fuel my activism in a way that is loving, compassionate, truth-telling, and unapologetically faith-filled. I was later invited to join the board and have been a part of incremental growth based on the need of the communities we serve. I have learned a lot and had the opportunity to share my knowledge, experiences, and resources to support this leading interfaith organization. Being a part of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado means hope, compassion, transformation, unconditional positive regard, action, activism, advocacy, and faith toward liberation for all.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Arash Jahanian is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Colorado. He uses legal advocacy to protect and advance the civil rights of Coloradans, including immigrants, victims of police and prison abuse, and members of the LGBTQ community. A graduate of the University of North Carolina and Georgetown Law, Arash has also worked as an attorney for the Denver civil rights firm Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, an associate in Crowell & Moring LLP’s Washington, DC office, a judicial clerk for the Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and a middle school teacher in Chicago through Teach For America. Arash has served as president of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association and chair of the Denver LGBTQ Commission. He is a Kansas City native who enjoys music, sports, and running.
REV. BRIAN HENDERSON
Board of Directors
The Rev. Dr. Brian Henderson has been serving as minister of the historic First Baptist Church of Denver, Denver, Colorado, since 2012. Prior to moving to Colorado, Brian served for 13 years, the closest American Baptist Churches, USA (ABC) congregation to the denomination’s national offices in Valley Forge, PA. Along with ABC regional committee work, Brian also volunteers with a number of non-profit boards. In addition to his current ministerial responsibilities, he is serving as the Acting National Coordinator and Board Chair for the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and quality time with his three children.