People & Contacts
The Foundation is a non-partisan charitable organization working with business people, academics, government officials and community leaders from multiple faiths (or of none) to accomplish its mission . The Foundation is a registered corporation and is applying for IRS recognition as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in the USA.
To get involved, please contact the Foundation online , or write to the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation
1A Perry Circle • Annapolis, MD 21402 USA
Board of Advisers
The President of the Foundation will recruit a Board of Advisors who are prominent leaders in the business community, concerned about religious freedom, and enthused about supporting the mission of the Foundation, to advise the Board of Directors
The President will select and appoint researchers, who may or may not be sponsored through Foundation grants, who will be named as “Fellows” of the Foundation, who will provide valuable research, analysis and insights to the President and Board of Directors on key issues being addressed by the Foundation.
BRIAN J. GRIM firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian is a leading expert on international religious freedom and the socio-economic impact of restrictions on religious freedom, and an expert on international religious demography and religion-related violence. He is an associate scholar at the Religious Freedom Project of Georgetown University’s Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, and an affiliated scholar at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs. Prior to becoming the Foundation’s president in 2014, Brian directed the largest social science effort to collect and analyze global data on religion at the Pew Research Center, Washington DC’s premier “fact tank.” He also worked for two decades as an educator, researcher and development coordinator in the former Soviet Union, China, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Brian holds a doctorate in sociology from the Pennsylvania State University (see full CV). He is an author of The Price of Freedom Denied (Cambridge Univ. Press), considered the seminal work showing the dire consequences of denying religious freedom. He has written dozens of research articles and several academic books on global religion as well as being the author of the Weekly Number Blog. Brian has appeared as an expert on global religion on numerous media outlets, including CNN, BBC, Fox, CBS, C-SPAN, and regularly presents to high level audiences throughout the world including the White House, State Department, European Parliament and the UN Human Rights Council. Brian also is a TEDx speaker.
Greg Clark, J.D., Vice President
Greg is an international attorney with extensive experience in non-profit charitable entities. Greg served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and then obtained a law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law. He has worked domestically for Exxon Company USA and internationally for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, focusing on international oil and gas transactions, including the negotiation of offshore oil and gas concessions with the State of Qatar, and Heads of Agreements with the governments of Albania and Russia. Greg served as Occidental’s Legal Manager in Ecuador for 3 years, developing an oil field located in the Amazon Jungle. He then worked as Occidental’s Legal Manager for its offshore oil projects located in Doha, Qatar. Greg became Occidental’s Managing Counsel for the Middle East, overseeing Occidental’s legal activities in Oman, Pakistan, Qatar and Yemen. Greg lived and worked in Qatar for 7 years. Greg supervised the legal affairs of the LDS Church in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean countries and northern South America for 4 years, and thereafter supervised its legal affairs in all of Spanish-speaking South America for 4 years, while living in Lima, Peru. Greg was also Of Counsel with the law firm of Kirton McConkie for 3 years in Salt Lake City. Greg now resides in São Paulo, coordinating the LDS Church’s legal activities in Brazil. Greg is also a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Greg received the “Honra ao Merito” award from the Secretary of Justice (São Paulo) and Commission for Religious Liberty for the Brazil Bar Association (São Paulo) for meritorious work in the defense, protection and promotion of religious freedom in Brazil during 2013.
Christina Roach, J.D., Treasurer and Public Relations Director
Christina is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and is licensed to practice in Utah. She works as a legal fellow with the Office of General Counsel for the LDS Church focusing on international legal issues. Christina has interned with several law firms including Garteiser Honea, P.C., Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and Ford & Huff Law Office. She has experience as the primary researcher and drafter of IP patent litigation documents, commercial transactional documents, and estate planning documents. She was also a graduate research assistant at the Darden Graduate School of Business where she analyzed the effects of settlement negotiations on corporate governance. Christina currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Utah Valley University’s Center for Advancement of Leadership and has been a guest speaker at several events at Utah Valley University.
Chris Seiple, Ph.D., Member of the Board of Directors
Chris is the president of the Institute for Global Engagement, a research, education, and diplomatic institution that builds sustainable religious freedom worldwide through local partnerships. A graduate of Stanford, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy, he is also the founder of The Review of Faith & International Affairs, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (Philadelphia), and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). His book, The U.S. Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions (The U.S. Army War College, 1996), is a seminal work in the field. Chris also serves on the Federal Advisory Committee to Secretary of State John Kerry’s “Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society” (2011-2015) where he acts as a Senior Advisor to the Committee’s “Religion and Foreign Policy” working group. In addition, Seiple is the Vice-Chair for the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith (2012-2014). A former Marine infantry officer, his last posting was to the Pentagon, where he was a member of the Strategic Initiatives Group, an internal think tank for the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Over the years, Chris has appeared on BBC, MSNBC, Fox News, Saudi TV, Pakistan News One, Vietnam National TV, and CNN. He previously served on the Wycliffe Bible Translators Board for 10 years (2003-2013).