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Rev. Dr. Ed PrattThe Rev. Dr. Ed Pratt, Chief Development Officer

The Rev. Dr. Ed Pratt is an ordained Presbyterian Minister. For fourteen years he has served as a development consultant and fundraiser for faith-based organizations of all kinds. After serving as a consultant for sixteen months to help SCUPE position itself to raise its profile, extend its reach and raise more money, Ed started as the Chief Development Officer on January 1, 2016. Ed earned his MDiv and DM in in Organizational Development at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Prior to serving as a development consultant, Ed served as a pastor to three congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Rev. Dr. Shanta PremawardhanaRev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, President

Originally from Sri Lanka, Shanta was most recently the director for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation at the World Council of Churches based in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, Shanta served as the Associate General Secretary for Interfaith Relations at the National Council of Churches of Christ, based in New York. Following seminary education in Sri Lanka and India, Shanta arrived in the United States in 1981 for graduate study at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he earned his MA and PhD in Religion. Continuing to live in the Chicago area, he founded the Chicago Ashram of Jesus Christ, a Christian community with an outreach to South Asian immigrants and served for fourteen years as senior pastor of Ellis Avenue Church located in the south side of Chicago.

You can read Shanta’s full bio here.

nancy-headshotNancy Renick, Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Nancy Renick is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. Nancy’s responsibilities include finance management, human resources, office services, facility management, assistance in event planning, and new program development and launch.

Nancy has experience as a planning consultant in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Her previous work includes service as chief operating officer and executive director at interfaith agencies. Nancy holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and has held senior financial management positions at the American Medical Association, Soft Sheen Products and Borg-Warner Corporation. Nancy is a founding board member of a tutoring agency for underserved Chicago youth, and is a member of First United Methodist Church of Chicago. She has extensive lay leadership involvement at both the local and conference levels of the United Methodist Church.