Our Team

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Suzanne Morgan

Founder

Ms. Morgan is a retired architect and a consultant on liturgical design, who worked at many prominent firms in the Chicago area including Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Loebl, Schlossman, and Hackll, in addition to operating as a sole practitioner. She is currently the Parliament of the World's Religions Sacred Space Ambassador, and devotes her talents and wisdom to running Sharing Sacred Spaces, focusing on interfaith community-building, and consulting and presenting on religious architecture.

Ms. Morgan holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 2015, Suzanne was the Fetullah Gulen award recipient by the Chicago-based Niagara Foundation for the use of religious architecture for the pursuit of world peace.

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Vanessa Avery

Executive Director

Dr. Avery has 20 years of experience in higher education and organizational consulting. With a PhD from the University of Exeter, Masters degrees from Yale Divinity School and King’s College London, and a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University, she has taught and consulted for universities, healthcare institutions, and corporations around the nation such as Yale, Bryant, California State, The Susan Komen Foundation, Eastern Idaho Healthcare Systems, and The Conference Board. Her work, no matter the context, is to open minds, reduce bias, and to create inclusive, diverse, dialogical, and thriving cultures.

Vanessa is currently Lecturer in Interfaith Engagement at Yale Divinity School and the Interreligious Communities Project Director of Programs. Vanessa has a forthcoming book The End of Violence due out this year from Michigan State University Press.

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Faezeh Fathizadeh

Development Manager

Ms. Faezeh Fathizadeh comes from a professional background in organizational development and ethnographic research. After attending Karamah’s Law and Leadership program in Washington, D.C. Faezeh dedicated her academic career to the study of policies and issues of human rights surrounding religious communities. This included serving as a research intern with the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, where she researched and published on cases of religious diversity and interfaith engagement.

Faezeh holds a B.A. in religious studies from the University of California, Riverside, and is now earning a Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago. 

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