Manuel J. Mejido is a former United Nations official who has over fifteen years of experience combining research, policy work and advocacy in the field of international development. In addition to serving as Center director, Dr. Mejido is also on the faculty of the School of Theology and Ministry, teaching courses that explore the role of religion and faith-based organizations in civic life. To learn more about Dr. Mejido’s research and publications, please visit his faculty page.
Rev. Maggie Breen joined the Center team in June 2017. She brings a great depth of experience in community outreach and coalition-building in multi-stakeholder, ecumenical and interreligious contexts. As Executive Director of the Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH) and as Associate Pastor at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Maggie has been at the forefront of regional efforts to develop an interfaith and action-oriented public theology, with a specific focus on community responses to homelessness and its causes. Under her leadership, REACH’s family shelter has moved 140 families into more permanent housing since its opening in 2013; and its meal program engages 14 churches and community groups in feeding and building community with homeless and hungry neighbors.
Maggie completed her Master of Divinity at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry in 2013, and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2015. She has received numerous awards, including the Dr. Leo Stanford Leadership Award from Seattle University; and a Renton Outstanding Citizen award from the City of Renton, Renton Chamber of Commerce and Renton Rotary for her work in opening a family shelter and day services for homeless families in Renton. Under her leadership, REACH was awarded the Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Award from the Church Council of Greater Seattle.
Hannah Hunthausen has worked at the School of Theology and Ministry in various roles since 2013 and transitioned to the role as Coordinator for the Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs in 2016. In this role, she combines her passions for education and justice to work for change around issues of poverty, homelessness, and human suffering. Hannah was drawn into the Jesuit ethos of a “faith that does justice” from an early age, as modelled by her social worker parents, faith community, and her gentle and courageous great-uncle, Raymond “Dutch” Hunthausen, who was Archbishop of Seattle in the 1980s.
Hannah holds a B.A. in French from Gonzaga University and expects to graduate with an M.A. in Adult Education and Training, with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, from Seattle University in 2017. She has served on the Real Change Board of Directors since 2016.