Stephen Avino

Executive Director

Rev. Stephen Avino serves as the Executive Director of the Parliament of the World's Religions, the world's premier interfaith convening non-profit organization. Rev. Avino became a member of the Staff at the Parliament in 2012 and has remained deeply committed to the success of the global interfaith movement, serving as a key organizer for the 2015 Parliament Convening in Salt Lake City, the 2018 Parliament Convening in Toronto, and the 2021 Virtual Parliament Convening.

An avid seeker of knowledge and a dedicated person of faith, Rev. Avino earned a Master of Arts in Religious Studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary in 2015 and became ordained through the Independent Catholic Movement in 2019. He lives in Chicago, USA where he remains deeply committed to advocating for the legacy of the Parliament and a more inclusive interreligious movement.

Emma Carr

Development Associate

Emma received her Bachelor's in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Non-Profit Leadership, from Michigan State University. She is currently earning her Master's in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University. Emma started her career interning with a Chicago refugee resettlement agency and cultural association then in 2018 joined the team for the Toronto Parliament. Prior to returning to the Parliament as Developent Associate in 2020, Emma worked to support Interfaith Youth Core and coordinated the planning of an interfaith sustainability conference for the Michigan branch of Interfaith Power and Light. Emma works to promote a culture of understanding and collaboration, harnessing the power of diversity for greater impact toward the common good. By drawing from a variety of interdisciplinary, philosophical, and theological perspectives, Emma desires to uncover interfaith intersections that might lead to a more sustainable and peaceful world.

Miriam Quezada

Miriam Quezada

Communication & Program Manager

Miriam V. Quezada Mendez was born in Jalisco, Mexico. A graduate of the 2015 Class at Illinois College, Miriam double majored in Communication & Rhetorical Studies and International Studies with a focus on gender and human rights. A passionate advocate of immigrant rights, women's issues and youth involvement, Miriam found the Parliament of the World's Religions a perfect avenue by which to make her passion a reality.

Jesse Smith

Staff Accountant

Jesse Smith has been the Staff Accountant with the Parliament since 2017. 

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