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DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL ORGANIZING / INTERIM CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ethan Vesely-Flad has served on the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s national staff since 2005, and since 2014 as FORusa’s Director of National Organizing. In this role, Ethan is charged with grassroots mobilization and outreach for such current organizational priorities as the Movement for Black Lives, the Poor People’s Campaign, gun violence prevention, and resisting Islamophobia. He provides support, networking, and resources to FOR-USA’s local chapters, affiliates, and national coalitions addressing a range of social concerns, from the Indigenous movement for sovereignty, solidarity with Palestinian and Colombian self-determination movements, immigrant and refugee rights, and anti-militarism issues.
Previously, Ethan served as Director of Communications and Editor of Fellowship magazine for nine years.
Ethan’s relational commitments for organizing are built on his three decades of experience in strengthening spiritually rooted justice networks that proclaim and promote anti-racism, environmental justice, LGBTQ rights, and demilitarization. His work has taken him throughout the Americas, Southern Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim.
Before joining the FOR-USA team in 2005, Ethan served in a range of leadership positions in the global Anglican/Episcopal Church world, including as Editor of The Witness magazine, Executive Director of the Episcopal Church Publishing Company, Producer at GraceCom and Editor of GraceOnline (at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco), and Peace & Justice Ministries Associate for The Episcopal Church. His writings have appeared in ColorLines, The Huffington Post, The Source, Episcopal Life, and other progressive global media outlets, and his journalism has received awards and commendations from GLAAD, the Associated Church Press, and Episcopal Communicators.
Ethan, a devotee of global football (soccer) and old hip-hop, moved in 2013 from his native New York to the enchanting Asheville, North Carolina with his spouse Rima and their family. A proud product of a multiracial and adoptive family that maintains roots in numerous continents and cultures, Ethan is now overjoyed to be a foster and adoptive parent.
Fellowship of Reconciliation USA (FOR-USA) is the largest interfaith peace fellowship leading the charge on today’s most pressing human and civil rights issues through advocacy, activism, and educational programs.