Meet our Board

Interfaith Alliance
Foundation Board

Interfaith Alliance

Board Member Biographies 

Helio Fred Garcia is a coach, counselor, teacher, writer, and speaker. Fred is an adjunct professor of management at New York University, where he has taught for 21 years. He teaches crisis management in the Executive MBA program of the Stern School of Business. He teaches courses in communication strategy and in communication ethics, law, and regulation in the Master’s in Corporate Communication program in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He has received the school’s awards for teaching excellence and for outstanding service. Fred is also on the associate faculty of the Starr King School for the Ministry - Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, where he teaches a seminar on religious leadership for social change. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Center for Security Studies of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the Brookings Institution, and other universities.

Rev. Galen Guengerich is Senior Minister of All Souls Unitarian Church, an historic congregation located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. He is the tenth person to hold this position in the congregation’s 188-year history. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Rev. Guengerich was educated at Franklin and Marshall College (BA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1982), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1985), and The University of Chicago (PhD, 2004). His doctoral dissertation is titled Comprehensive Commitments and the Public World: Tillich, Rawls and Whitehead on the Nature of Justice. Rev. Guengerich is widely acclaimed for his eloquent and thought-provoking sermons and speeches. His sermon at All Souls on Sept. 16, 2001—the Sunday after 9/11—was selected to be included in Representative American Speeches 2001-2002. Titled “The Shaking of the Foundations,” the sermon appears along with speeches by Governor George Pataki, President George Bush and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as one of seven “Responses to September 11th.” He has appeared on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, as well as on The Fox Newschannel programs In Depth and On Religion, and he has been the featured speaker at conferences across the nation. He now regularly appears on Morning Meditation from All Souls, a semi-monthly half-hour radio show on WQXR, the radio station of The New York Times. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Holly G. Atkinson, MD, and daughter Zoë.

Dr. Herbert Valentine, is one of the original organizers of TIA and its Founding President. He has also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the TIA Foundation. In 1991, Dr. Valentine was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, its highest national office; he has also served the Presbyterian Church at the national level as a member of its General Assembly Council. He has served the Presbyterian Church both as a pastor and as an Executive Presbyter for Baltimore Presbytery, PC(USA). Throughout his ministry he has been active in ecumenical and interfaith activities, community organizing, urban ministry and the engagement of religion in the midst of the political market place. In retirement he is currently serving as an interim pastor.

Jacob J. Worenklein JD is a Partner at Bingham McCutchen LL. He is also a Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP. Mr. Worenklein served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at US Power Generating Company, from March 2003 to September 2008. He founded US Power Generating Company in 2003. From 1998 to 2003 the former chairman and chief executive officer of US Power Generating Company, which owns and operates power projects in the United States. Before forming US Power Generating Company in April 2003, Mr. Worenklein served as a senior banker at Lehman Brothers and Societe Generale. In 2002 he received the first Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Infrastructure Journal in London. Mr. Worenklein served as Adjunct Professor of Finance at New York University and is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Globeleq, a power company owned by the Commonwealth Development Corporation, and of Ormat Technologies, Inc., an NYSE-listed public company which develops and owns geothermal and other renewable energy projects in the United States and around the world. Mr. Worenklein has served on the Board of Trustees of United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. He has served for over 25 years as President and now Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Old Broadway Synagogue in New York. He has a BA degree from Columbia College (1969) and JD and MBA degrees from NYU Law School and from NYU Graduate School of Business Administration, now the Stern School of Business (1973).

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