The Rev. Chloe Breyer
Joining the Interfaith Center in 2007, Chloe is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York. From 2000-2003, she founded and directed the Cathedral Forums on Religion and Public Life at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Following 9/11/2001, she worked on an interfaith initiative to rebuild a mosque in Afghanistan destroyed by U.S. bombs. Chloe is the author of The Close: A Young Woman’s First Year at Seminary (Basic Books 2000) with chapter contributions to What Can One Person Do? Faith to Heal a Broken World (Church Publishing 2005) and Challenging the Christian Right From the Heart of the Gospel (Beacon Press 2006).
Christopher P. Thompson
Director of Development
Christopher brings over 15 years of leadership within the non-profit sector, with an emphasis on social justice. As St. John’s University Alum, Christopher was exposed to the unfair treatment of people with disabilities, and later went on to become an Executive Director for a national nonprofit organization that developed employment and residential alternatives for displaced developmentally disabled young adults. Addressing the rising issue of homelessness amongst this demographic, Christopher created strategic partnerships and in less than 18 months, successfully developed over a dozen Individualized Residential Alternatives in Manhattan for over 40 young adults. Christopher also serves as a Chapter Director for HOPE Worldwide, and has done extensive humanitarian work in The Ukraine, The Philippines, Guatemala, and Haiti. As a native New Yorker, and proud father of two, Christopher enjoys reading, traveling, and remaining active in his Greek Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, Inc., committed to Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service.
Dr. Henry Goldschmidt
Director of Programs
Henry is a cultural anthropologist, community educator, interfaith organizer, and scholar of American religious diversity. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has taught religious studies and cultural anthropology at Wesleyan University and elsewhere. He is the author of Race and Religion among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights (Rutgers U. Press, 2006) and the coeditor of Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas (Oxford U. Press, 2004). He is a life-long, fanatic New Yorker, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.
Director of Community Partnerships
Iman Boukadoum is a social justice activist and Algerian-American, Muslim woman. Her career began at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS-CRCL) in Washington D.C. At DHS-CRCL she worked on a host of important policy reforms dealing with immigration and national security issues. Iman then transitioned to the American Civil Liberties Union’s Center for Justice (ACLU). At the ACLU she worked full-time on the militarization of policing investigation which germinated in the War Comes Home report that received national approbation during the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri protests, helping in some demilitarization efforts by the White House. She went on to work on affirmative and defensive asylum, cancellation of removal and appellate cases of undocumented migrants at the law firm of Youman, Madeo and Fasano. Iman received her B.A. from the University of Virginia with distinction and her J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. She lives in New York City.
Born in Sri Lanka, Vijay studied Electrical Engineering before coming to the USA as a refugee. He further studied Physics and Mathematics in graduate school, but ended up in NYC as a non-profit manager and also a volunteer at many charitable service operations. He came to the Interfaith Center in January 2017 after serving for many years as the Parish Manager of a Catholic church in the city. He is presently enrolled in the Master of Science in Church Management program at the Villanova University School of Business.
Consultants and Volunteers
Maggi Van Dorn
Co-Producer of ICNY’s Interfaith Matters Podcast Series
Maggi Van Dorn is the c0-producer and frequent host of The Interfaith Center of New York’s new podcast series “Interfaith Matters“. In the intervening hours, she teaches Ethics and World Religions at Dominican Academy, a Catholic high school for girls in Manhattan. Her long love affair with theology began at Santa Clara University, under the tutelage of an overly supportive Religious Studies department. They convinced her that nothing was beyond the purview of theological contemplation and that authentic faith always works towards justice. Maggi earned her Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, a Silk Road of religious pluralism, and has worked for several interfaith organizations including IMAGE journal in Seattle and The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding in NYC. When she’s not moonlighting as a podcast journalist she likes to write about embodiment, adventure in the city, and hone her Hustle–as in the grooviest style of partner dancing.