Vanessa Gomez Brake is director of operations & outreach at the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts & Interfaith Ministries (ChI) in Berkeley, California. ChI is an interfaith seminary re-visioning theological education to serve a pluralistic world. 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 the San Francisco Bay Area, Vanessa is active as a community educator, peacemaker and interfaith activist. Previous to moving to California, she worked at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution in Arlington, VA. She completed a MS in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University, and received BA degrees in Religious Studies and Psychology at Arizona State University. Vanessa was recently elected to the Board of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio.