Executive Committee (of the Global Council of Trustees)
URI’s primary governing body, the Global Council, is comprised of Trustees who are elected from - and by - URI Cooperation Circles. The Executive Committee of the Global Council is responsible for general governance oversight.
Global Council Chair; Executive Committee Chair; Global Council Trustee (At-Large); Senior Advisory Council Member
Preeta Bansal served for more than 25 years in some of the most senior posts in the public and corporate sectors – from the White House, to US diplomatic and human rights work, to the top echelons of state government and global corporations and law firms. After a long career scaling the heights of institutional power, she is an anchor for ServiceSpace – an all-volunteer, global generosity-based ecosystem and movement of 2 million people worldwide committed to building collective capacity for sustainable transformation at the grassroots. ServiceSpace draws on all the world’s spiritual, indigenous, and wisdom traditions to further a vision of changing the world by changing ourselves, and innovates in network science and technology to amplify small shifts in behavior and consciousness by building local and global communities of practice. Preeta is a dedicated meditator, community volunteer, independent corporate director, investor, nonprofit leader, philanthropist, and lecturer at MIT. A constitutional lawyer by background, Preeta is Chair of Civic Nebraska, one of the largest democracy-building organizations in the American heartland, and is on numerous local and global nonprofit, foundation, and university boards. She is a graduate with top honors from Harvard-Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School. She received the National Organization of Women’s “Woman of Power and Influence Award”, was named one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal, and received the “Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism” on Capitol Hill. She has been profiled by The New York Times as a “poised and playful” “superstar” and “nimble, unorthodox thinker.” She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Global Council Vice-Chair; Executive Committee Member; Global Council Trustee for Europe
Daniel Eror was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He obtained formal education at the University of Sarajevo, Master Studies of Economy and Management, with a focus on Human Resources as well as the Master Program of Interreligious Studies and Peacebuilding at the Faculty of Catholic Theology Sarajevo, the Faculty of Islamic Studies Sarajevo, and the Faculty of Orthodox Theology Vasilije Ostroski Foča. He is a member of civil society with 14 years of progressive experience in the field of intercultural dialogue, reconciliation, and peacebuilding, mainly working with young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as abroad.
He is a founder and president of Youth for Peace, an organization which has positioned itself as one of the most prominent youth-led organizations in BiH, working in the field of peacebuilding. Daniel has been an active member of the United Religions Initiative network for several years. He has been a URI Global Council Trustee and URI Europe Treasurer since 2018. In Religions for Peace Europe, he serves as a co-president of the Organization. He is a certified trainer for work with youth, with expertise in the field of conflict transformation, dealing with past experiences, human rights, and discrimination.
Executive Committee Member; Global Council Trustee (At-Large)
Anne Jarchow is a Human Resources (HR) and Operations Executive leading high-functioning work cultures and mission-driven staff within non-profit organizations for the last 16 years. She is currently the Sr. Director of People Operations at Direct Relief, an influential global humanitarian organization with the mission of providing medical resources to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and natural disasters.
Previously, she held the position of VP of HR at LifeMoves, a non-profit working with the homeless, and VP of HR and Interim CEO for AbilityPath, a non-profit working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Helping people feel supported and enabling them to make an impact as leaders in their communities and the world is her passion. Earlier in her career, Anne worked in HR in the for-profit space in the high-tech and publishing industries. In addition to being a graduate of Santa Clara University, she is a certified HR Professional (PHR), Co-Active Coach (CPCC), and Holistic Health Coach.
Executive Committee Member; Global Council Trustee (At-Large)
Fareena Maria is a Computer Science Engineer with a Master's degree in International Business. As a co-founder and CEO of a software company, she specializes in managing large-scale projects and is currently based in the UAE.
With a focus on youth upliftment and women empowerment, she has been the state president of the Human Rights Resource Centre (HRRC) and an active part of URI for a decade. She was the Indian youth representative at the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) World congress held in the UK and has participated in multiple youth exchanges to Sri Lanka. Her goal is to change the world one deed at a time.
Executive Committee Member; Nominating Committee Chair; Global Council Trustee for Europe
Eric Roux is currently the President of the European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom and the Vice-President of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights. He engaged in advocacy for religious freedom in the 2000s, and never stopped since. Writer of several books and dozens of articles, he always considered that advocacy for religious freedom should be done by multifaith coalitions. He is regularly invited as a speaker at OSCE, Council of Europe, EU Parliament, United Nations, US Capitol, etc. He also works in various interfaith platforms at the European level. He is an ordained Minister of the Church of Scientology.
Treasurer, URI and URI Foundation; Executive Committee Member; Global Council Trustee (At-Large); Finance and Operations Committee Chair; Senior Advisory Council
Pulin Sanghvi is a speaker, author, and educator on the topics of purpose and meaningful work based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pulin led structural reimaginations of career development at Princeton University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and he created and taught a model of hypothesis-driven exploration that has engaged thousands of members of the Princeton, Stanford, and Yale communities. Previously, Pulin was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Palo Alto and an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in New York. Pulin holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with Distinction in Economics from Yale University. Pulin serves on the boards of The Peace Studio and Hospital de la Familia Foundation, and previously served on the national board of Positive Coaching Alliance. He also serves Yale in multiple capacities, including as a Fellow at Davenport College, and previously as Executive Officer of the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors.
Founder and President Emeritus of URI; Former Episcopal Bishop of California
William E. Swing is the Founder and President Emeritus of the United Religions Initiative. Bishop Swing had the original vision of URI in 1993 in response to an invitation from the United Nations, which asked him to host an interfaith service honoring the 50th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. Bishop Swing, along with 50 others, shaped the URI purpose (to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice, and healing for the Earth and all living beings). URI is currently the largest interfaith grassroot organization.
Bishop Swing Bishop Swing served as the 7th Episcopal Bishop of California from 1980 until his retirement in 2006. In that capacity, he was a national and international leader in response to the AIDS crisis, co-founded Episcopal Community Services to address San Francisco’s homeless problem, and co-founded Community Bank of the Bay to support local businesses and the economy.
He is married to Mary Taylor Swing and has two children and three grandchildren.
Books by Bishop Swing: A Bishop's Quest: Founding a United Religions and The Sacred and the Silly: A Bishop's Playful and Eventful Life. Both books are available on Amazon.com; the proceeds of book sales will benefit URI.
Global Council Secretary; Executive Committee Member; Global Council Trustee for Multiregion
Mr. Issac S. Thomas is a young leader from Kerala, India. He joined URI at the age of 13 and has been working amongst youth since then. Initially part of the South India Sri Lanka region, he was one of the first young leaders training program (YLP) candidate and later became the Youth Ambassador for the region. He founded Global Youth Movement (GYM) CC in 2017 and joined the Multiregion. Under his leadership, youngsters have grown and thrived as individuals and as a group concentrating on platforms like interfaith, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, conflict resolution and reconciliation, women and youth empowerment, environmental protection and sustainable development, disarmament of nuclear weapons, advocacy for human rights etc. His vision, work ethics and ability to build bridges have kept him steadfast in his mission as a peace multiplier. He is also the coordinator of ‘One Billion Youth for Peace’ movement by Cosmic Community CC and an active member of the Youth Ministry of Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church. Outside of URI, being a Bachelor of Technology graduate in electronics and communication, he works as a Network Engineer in Doha, Qatar. He strongly believes that URI is a global family and sticks to the motto 'Think globally and act locally.'
Social Entrepreneur, Senior Ashoka Fellow, and humanitarian activist Jerry White furthers his peacebuilding journey by joining United Religions Initiative as Executive Director.
Jerry White is an author, diplomat, and humanitarian activist known for leading high-impact campaigns, three of which led to international treaties: the Landmine Ban Treaty, the Cluster Munitions Ban, and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 1984, White lost his lower right leg while hiking in an unmarked minefield in Israel. He worked closely with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and shares the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. White wrote of his experience helping thousands of war victims build resilience in “Getting Up When Life Knocks You Down.”
White studied religion at Brown University, theology at Cambridge University, and business at the University of Michigan. He has an honorary degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and was a Professor of Practice for seven years at the University of Virginia, teaching courses on religion-related conflict, strategy, and social entrepreneurship. His latest book is "Religicide: Confronting the Roots of Anti-Religious Violence" (2022).
Jerry White and his wife Kelly live in Washington, DC, and have four adult children.