Former USCIRF President Continues International Work on Religious Freedom as New IRF Secretariat Chair
WASHINGTON — The IRF Secretariat, an international organization focused on building religious freedom for all, welcomes Nadine Maenza as President.
“It’s hard to overstate the impact the IRF Secretariat has had in providing leadership to the religious liberty community with the international religious liberty roundtables it hosts in Washington, D.C. and more from 20 countries around the world,” Maenza said. “It is an honor to join this distinguished team as they work to further develop the movement, ensuring that people around the world can practice their faith freely.”
In May, Nadine completed her second term as a White House appointee to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), serving as chair since June 2021. During that time, she has joined more than ‘a dozen delegations to foreign countries, participated in several Congress meetings. hearings and events, has contributed to numerous publications and regularly delivered speeches on a variety of topics and countries. She is also a Senior Advisor at Patriot Voices, focusing on religious freedom and workplace family policy. She has advised major organizations on religious engagement, policy development and strategic partnerships through the Clapham Group.
In September 2021, she received the “Cedar of God Award” by In Defense of Christians for her “tireless worker throughout her career for the religious freedom of Christians in the Middle East and around the world”.
Nadine sits on the Board of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), Sinjar Academy and the Freedom Research Foundation. Nadine’s writings on various political topics have appeared in numerous national and international publications.
Nadine joins the IRF Secretariat leadership team, led by Gregory Mitchell, Founder, President and CEO; Dr. Paul Murray and Simran Singh Stuelpnagel, vice-presidents; and Annie McKinney, Director of Operations.
“We are so excited and blessed to have Nadine on our team,” Mitchell said. “She is action-oriented and results-oriented, which makes her a perfect fit for the work we do to increase the impact of the global religious freedom movement. She travels to some of the most challenges in the world, like Syria and Iraq, spends a lot of time on the ground and develops working relationships with the people who can make a difference.
On May 15, 2022, through a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust (TRT), the IRF Secretariat launched a 3-year project to improve outcomes by institutionalizing a new approach centered on cooperative engagement (which respects/ protects human dignity and the freedom of others). awareness), strategic planning and coordination of actions. The activities are organized into three categories:
- World events. IRF global, regional and national summits convene, catalyze and expand the global movement.
- Global infrastructure. The establishment of new secretariats and roundtables on religious freedom brings new faith communities and civil society partners into the movement, and this growing global network serves as a lasting infrastructure for a variety of multi-faith action.
- Global leadership and coordination. Goal setting and strategic planning provide a consistent set of targets and objectives that allow for more effective coordination.
The IRF Secretariat is a charitable and educational organization organized in 2018 and operated exclusively for the exempt purposes set forth in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Dr. Paul Murray
IRF Secretariat (International Religious Liberty Secretariat)
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