Interfaith Alliance Foundation Board (C-3)
Rev. Dr. David R. Currie
Helio Fred Garcia
Iqbal G. Mamdani
Bishop Carlton Pearson
Claudia Wiegand – Treasurer
Jacob Worenklein – Chair
Dr. Herbert D. Valentine – Founding President- Honorary
Interfaith Alliance Board (C-4)
Rabbi Jack Moline – President
Helio Fred Garcia
Dr. Herbert D. Valentine – Founding President- Honorary
Board Member Biographies
Julie Cloud is originally from Houston and San Antonio, TX. She graduated from Baylor University in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration. Julie then moved to Austin and worked for Apple and Dell from 1993-2000. She held various management positions including Vendor Manager and Business Operations Development Manager. Julie has served as a trustee and Secretary of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation from 1994 to present. She also serves on the Central Baptist Theological Seminary Board and has been involved there since 2010. Julie currently lives in Southlake, TX, with her three children. They are members of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Rev. Dr. David R. Currie was the longtime executive director of Texas Baptists Committed, a group that has sought to avoid for the Baptist General Convention of Texas the kind of conservative/fundamentalist control that’s a reality in the Southern Baptist Convention. A rancher, a contractor and author, David is a graduate of Howard Payne University and has a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Besides doing Baptist work, ranching and building, David has authored two books, first book “On The Way” and the “Songs in the Desert”.
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 since 1988. He teaches crisis management in the Executive MBA program of the Stern School of Business, where he was named 2016 Great Professor. He teaches courses in crisis communication in the Master’s in Corporate Communication program in the School of Professional Studies, where he has received the dean’s awards for teaching excellence and outstanding service. He is a senior fellow of Communication University of China, in Beijing. His most recent book is The Power of Communication: Skills to Build Trust, Inspire Loyalty, and Lead Effectively (Pearson).
Iqbal G. Mamdani is a banker and entrepreneur whose career spans five decades and multiple continents. He founded TAIB Bank, Bahrain’s first investment bank, in 1979 and then oversaw a global expansion. Mamdani currently serves as chair of First Asian Investments and the Mamdani Foundation and recently joined the board of Auburn Seminary. The Mamdani Foundation, Inc. is a philanthropic organization, is dedicated to fostering educational excellence, as well as religious and racial tolerance. Mr. Mamdani, who is Muslim, lives in New York and Florida.
Bob Meyers has had a distinguished career as a journalist and foundation administrator. He retired in 2016 after serving for 19 years as president of the National Press Foundation, and two years as director of its Washington Journalism Center. From 1989 to 1993 Meyers was director of the Harvard Journalism Fellowship for Advanced Studies in Public Health. He is a former reporter for The Washington Post, and a former assistant city editor at the San Diego Union. He has written two books, “Like Normal People” and “D.E.S.: The Bitter Pill.” “Like Normal People” is the story of his mentally handicapped younger brother and the family’s efforts to help him lead a normal life. It was turned into a made-for-TV movie in 1979 and was nominated for a National Book Award. “D.E.S.: The Bitter Pill” was the story of a widely used anti-miscarriage drug that had enormous social and medical consequences. It received the Award for Excellence in Biomedical Writing from the American Medical Writers Association. Educated in the New York City public schools system and at UCLA, he was awarded an academic fellowship at Harvard’s Center for Health Communication in 1987-88. He is a member of the Fellowship Advisory Board of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. He has lectured at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and in Jamaica, Lithuania, Poland and Estonia, among other places.
Bishop Carlton Pearson is a native of San Diego, California, where he spent the first 18 years of his life with his parents and five siblings. He was raised in a traditional fundamentalist Christian home, a fourth generation Pentecostal preacher. Today Pearson’s ministry targets specifically and primarily the “un or less-churched.” He makes his appeal to those who feel spiritually unresolved. His ministry now addresses issues of spiritual, social, moral, cultural, religious and political significance in a practical, yet provocative manner relating faith to culture. He likes to call himself a Sacred Activist and Spiritual Progressive and is a strong proponent of Justice and Peace issues.
Thomas M. Uhlman is a Founder and Managing Partner of New Venture Partners LLC, a venture capital firm From 1997-2001, Tom began and was President of the New Ventures Group which commercialized underutilized technologies being developed primarily at Bell Laboratories. Uhlman and his colleagues created over 60 new technology businesses. Between 1995 and 1997, Uhlman held senior executive positions at Lucent Technologies and AT&T. At Lucent, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Public Affairs responsible for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, planning and government affairs activities. Uhlman was also Vice President of Corporate Development in charge of merger, acquisition and divestiture activity at AT&T. From 1985 to 1995, Uhlman was Director of Corporate Development at Hewlett-Packard, leading worldwide equity investment, strategic alliance, and strategic planning efforts.1983 and 1984, he managed the President’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness on behalf of the Chief Executive of Hewlett-Packard who chaired this White House Commission. In 1981 and 1982, he was Director of Productivity Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, he was an Assistant and then a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At the university, Uhlman was the author of a book (Racial Justice) and a dozen journal articles on race, legal and criminal justice matters. Uhlman has served on the boards of 20+ for profit and nonprofit organizations. Uhlman served on the board of McData Corporation and was one of the founders of the Washington, D.C. based Council on Competitiveness where he is now a Distinguished Fellow. He co-chaired the New Jersey Governor’s High Technology Task Force with the President of Princeton University and was a 2002 the recipient of the New Jersey Technology Council’s “Financier of the Year” award. Uhlman currently serves on the boards of the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, Homeless Solutions based in Morristown, NJ chairing its Committee on Trustees, and the Interfaith Alliance based in Washington, DC. He also serves as the chair of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Votes board of directors. He is involved with Habitat for Humanity International as a member of the Advisory Board of Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter. Previously he was board chair of the Community Foundation of New Jersey and the Madison Area YMCA. At the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he was a member of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Foundation board, served on its Executive Committee and chaired its Finance and Nominating Committees. Uhlman received a Sloan Master’s degree from Stanford University’s School of Business, holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester.
Claudia Wiegand brings more than 30 years of diverse management experience working for government and commercial clients in the transportation and environmental sector, along with a ten-year track record of performance in executive-level financial positions. A clear-eyed and hands-on manager, she has overseen the accounting functions and financial administration of progressively complex privately held businesses, helping companies to increase revenues, reduce operating costs, minimize tax and foreign exchange liability, and enhance profit. Key areas of expertise include operational restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, financial systems implementation, effective tax planning, cost reductions, contract negotiation and workout, and strategic planning for investment projects.
Jacob J. Worenklein, JD, is Chairman and CEO of US Grid Company, an electric power company. He previously founded and served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at US Power Generating Company, which owned and operated major power plants in New York City and Boston. Jay started his career as a lawyer at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, where he practiced law for 20 years, headed its power and project finance practices and served on its executive committee, which managed the firm. He then headed the global project finance and independent power business of Lehman Brothers and served as global head of energy, power and infrastructure at 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, has taught classes on ethics and business at Princeton and Yale, and is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served on the boards of various public and private companies. 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 served for over 25 years as President and is now Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Old Broadway Synagogue in New York. He has a BA degree from Columbia College and JD and MBA degrees from NYU Law School and from NYU Graduate School of Business Administration, now the Stern School of Business.
Honorary: 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.