Vanessa Gomez Brake has been the Director of Operations & Outreach at The Chaplaincy Institute – An Interfaith Seminary since 2010. For several years, Vanessa has also served as research assistant for the Abrahamic Family Reunion — a project offering ways to use psychological and spiritual approaches in reconciling conflicts among Jews, Christians and Muslims. In 2011 & 2012, she was recognized by the North American Interfaith Network as a Young Adult Scholar. Vanessa is active in the San Francisco Bay Area as a community educator, peacemaker and participant in a variety of interfaith activities. Additionally, she serves on the Board of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio and is a contributor to The Interfaith Observer.
Vanessa obtained a B.A. in Religious Studies and Psychology from Arizona State University. From there she went on to the Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University to receive a M.S. As a graduate student she worked at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution. Her capstone project was a collaboration with the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington and dealt with the creation of an interactive curriculum for middle school students in DC area, based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Six Principles of Nonviolence.’ Her studies of religion and interfaith work have taken her across the US and internationally to Japan, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Australia.