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Oct 29, 2018

Kristen Farrington named Executive Director of Freedom Forum Institute’s Religious Freedom Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Farrington has been named executive director of the Freedom Forum Institute’s Religious Freedom Center (RFC), the Institute announced today.

Farrington has served as director of the Center since September 2017, and joined the RFC in 2016 to work with founder Charles Haynes on programs that educate the public about the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment.

“Kristen Farrington’s strong leadership and stellar abilities to direct the Center in a collaborative way with its outstanding staff ensure strong continuation of the work of helping our fellow citizens understand the role and presence of religion and faith in the public square under the First Amendment,” said Gene Policinski, president and chief operating officer of the Institute.

The Religious Freedom Center is one of five areas within the Institute, the Newseum’s programs and initiatives partner. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Freedom Forum foundation is the principal funder of both the Institute and the Newseum.

Farrington oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center’s four program areas: Educating Leaders, Promoting Civil Dialogue, Engaging the Public and Equipping Schools.

From 2012 to 2016, she was the head of programs and partnerships for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in the United States. Previously, she served as chaplain and department chair of religious studies at St. Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore and St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Md.

Farrington (nee Looney) served as clergy in parishes in Florida, California and New York and is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Maryland. She is an awarded graduate of Yale Divinity School (M.Div.).

The Freedom Forum Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department (NewseumED), special initiatives such as the Power Shift Project as well as diversity and inclusion programs. The Institute also supports ongoing programming at the Newseum, including the annual rededication of the Journalists Memorial and “Inside Media” interviews and presentations.

The Institute regularly hosts compelling programs that engage in the central debates of our time, including the role of a free press in a democracy, ongoing threats to journalists and the significance of religious freedom in a pluralistic society.

About the Freedom Forum Institute

The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department and diversity and inclusion programs. The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.

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