May 3, 2023

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Interfaith Alliance Announces New Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy
Longtime interfaith advocate Darcy Hirsh will lead the religious freedom organization’s policy and legal work

WASHINGTON—Today, Interfaith Alliance, the only national interfaith organization committed to protecting the integrity of religion and democracy in the United States, announced the appointment of Darcy Hirsh as Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy. Hirsh will lead the organization’s policy work at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as its critical advocacy in the courts.

“Our nation is at an inflection point when it comes to our democracy and inclusive application of religious freedom, which is why I am so excited to welcome Darcy to Interfaith Alliance to lead our policy and advocacy work,” said The Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, president and CEO of Interfaith Alliance. “Darcy comes to this work with a wealth of knowledge and experience in interfaith advocacy, and will be an invaluable asset to our team as we work to maintain the separation of religion and government, protect our LGBTQ+ siblings, expand reproductive access, keep public money in public schools, and more.”

Hirsh most recently served as the Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations at The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), where she directed national legislative strategy on behalf of 146 federations and 300 independent communities throughout the U.S. She brings fourteen years of experience advocating at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as leading grassroots engagement and interfaith coalition efforts related to fighting bias and discrimination, gun violence prevention, voter access, and immigration issues.

“So much of my career has been defined by interfaith collaboration. I am so excited to be leading Interfaith Alliance’s policy and advocacy work at a moment when multifaith solidarity is more needed than ever,” said Hirsh. “People of faith have long been at the forefront of social change movements. By building bridges across communities and uniting around shared values, we can harness the power of the people to create an America that works for all of us, regardless of faith or belief.”

Through policy research, public education, grassroots organizing, and advocacy on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and beyond, Interfaith Alliance works to advance policies that protect people of all faiths and philosophies and ensure that all Americans receive equal treatment under law.

In the leadup to the 2024 election, the organization’s main priorities include advancing LGBTQ+ equality, maintaining the separation of religion and government and holding candidates to that promise, keeping public money in public schools, and ensuring people of all beliefs can access health care that aligns with their values.

If you are interested in speaking further with Interfaith Alliance, please contact Manisha Sunil at (202) 417-0171 or

Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit