Daniel Tutt — D.C. Region

Daniel’s work for peace across religious and cultural lines has been featured in NPR, the Washington Post, Common Ground News Service, and the Associated Press, and he frequently delivers presentations at educational conferences and symposia.

He has a Master of Arts from American University in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs, an innovative interdisciplinary program combining philosophy, peace studies and human rights. His writing and research is diverse and multidisciplinary, often combining continental philosophy, social psychology, and political theory. Daniel has published academic papers and essays in journals of psychology and philosophy, as well as journals of international relations.

Before working with UPF, Daniel served a year of public service with the Points of Light Foundation under the faith-based initiative that helps to solve poverty issues by working with faith-based nonprofit organizations. He started interfaith work as the Co-Director of a dynamic start-up nonprofit initiative called the 9/11 Unity Walk. This annual grassroots interfaith peace walk in Washington, DC and New York has brought together thousands of people and major national and international faith leaders to promote pluralism and condemn violence in the name of religion.

He has also served on several advisory councils and boards for interfaith organizations such as the United Religions Initiative of Washington, DC, Americans for Informed Democracy, and the 9/11 Unity Walk.

Daniel can be reached at

Marwa Aly — N.Y. Region

Marwa Aly is a writer and speaker on Islam, Muslims, and Interfaith dialogue.  She is the former Muslim Chaplain at Trinity College and Wesleyan University. As a chaplain and community activist, Marwa provides outreach courses and programming related to Islamic studies, interfaith dialogue, Muslim cultures, pastoral counseling, and interfaith advocacy.

She has organized events centered around but not limited to: “Islam and Extremism”, “The Higher Objectives of Islamic Law in Relation to the Declaration of Independence”, “Women in Islam”, and “Pacifism: the Jihad of the 21st Century.” She has also offered Interfaith courses including “Soul Matters: An Interdisciplinary Study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” “Holy Mother Mary: A Catholic and Islamic Approach,” and, “How Faith Informs Social Justice and Leadership.”

Prior to her appointment as chaplain at Trinity and Wesleyan, Marwa served as the first Muslim Chaplain at Manhattanville College. Ms. Aly received her Master’s Degree from the Hartford Theological Seminary in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations with a focus on Islamic Chaplaincy training.

She is a lecturer that has been invited to several higher education institutions including Princeton and Yale Universities as well as local churches, libraries, and retreat centers. She is a 2011-2012 fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute sponsored by the University of Southern California and Georgetown University. Ms. Aly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University with a double major in Middle East Studies and Philosophy. She is fluent in Modern Standard Arabic, and Vernacular Egyptian Arabic.

Marwa can be reached at


Darakshan Raja – DC Region 

Darakshan Raja received her Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology with a concentration in Victimology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

She is researcher and an advocate who seeks to improve criminal justice responses for victims of crime. Ms. Raja is a Research Associate at the Urban Institute where she evaluates criminal justice policies with a focus on victims of crime for federal and state government agencies. In this capacity, she serves as a Project Director for evaluating an intervention aimed at changing the correctional culture on youth and sexual safety for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Darakshan is also working on evaluating the implementation of the 2005 reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act that focused on sexual assault forensic exams for the National Institute of Justice, and is working on providing recommendations for the feasibility of a national database on elder abuse to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In the past, Darakshan has contributed to studies on human trafficking, preventing sexual assaults within jails, and prisoner reentry. Prior to joining the Urban Institute, Darakshan was a Vera Institute of Justice Fellow where she worked on an internal policy assessment for Safe Horizon on services for victims of domestic violence.

Darakshan has also provided direct advocacy to victims.  She served as a rape-crisis counselor on a Sexual Assault Response Team where she was awarded for her advocacy, and has served as an online hotline volunteer for the Rape, Abuse, Incest, and National Network (RAINN). She currently conducts a monthly group with women reentering the community from prison.

Darakshan has presented at national and international conferences on the issue of victimization and has been a guest on Voice of America, Voice of America-Urdu, the Keith Olbermann Show, and is featured in an upcoming documentary on domestic violence within the Muslim community.  Darakshan can be reached at


Craig Phillips – DC Region

A graduate of Hartford Seminary, Craig holds a Masters in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and focuses his work on the intersections between religion and issues of social importance, most often on an international level.

Knowledge of Islamic history, theology, and the diversity of Islamic thought are central to his thinking on matters that relate to Islam and modernity, and in thinking about the place of Islam in American society in particular. Through these competencies Craig aims to offer an honest narrative on Islam in our contemporary world, viewed through contextualization and multiple points of view. He has conducted extensive research on human rights in Islamic discourse and is currently exploring new ways of thinking about religious-based diplomacy, peace-building, and interfaith engagement.

Craig is an active of within various circles of faith-based and civic organizations. Working both on a local, grass-roots level, as well as on higher-level government agency initiatives, Craig knows the faith and interfaith communities well, and aims to bring his past experiences to instruct his continued engagements of building bridges and understanding amongst communities of faith.

Craig has taken the lead on numerous events including a leadership banquet on environmental protection, and most recently on the 10th annual USAID iftar dinner. He has also coordinated a Jewish-Muslim academic workshop, and has sat on committees and in consultation for many more. Through strategic planning, communications, and outreach, Craig aims to think innovatively in his approach to community building and interfaith work.  Craig can be reached at