Mary Jo Bane is Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. From 1993-1996, she was Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and co- chair of President Clinton's working group on welfare reform. In 1992-1993, she was commissioner of the New York Department of Social Services. She is the author of a number of books and articles on poverty, welfare, and families.
Jenny Berrien is an analyst at Abt Associates, Inc., working in the Housing and Community Revitalization Area. She graduated from Harvard University in 1998 with a degree in Sociology. After graduating, Ms. Berrien spent a year at Public/Private Ventures conducting research on national models of faith-based initiatives working to reduce youth violence.
Brent Coffin co-directs a new program on religious organizations and practices in public life, sponsored jointly by the Harvard Divinity School and Kennedy School of Government. From 1997-2000, he served as Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Coffin served congregations in the South Bronx, Trenton, and Minneapolis/ St. Paul. His dissertation, A View from Below: Justice in the Welfare Reform Debate (Harvard, 1997), examined how conflicting views of justice influence a public policy debate. His current research examines the public character of congregations and their civic engagement, particularly with respect to issues of inequality.
Francis Schüssler Fiorenza is the Charles Chauncey Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. In addition to publishing more than one hundred essays in areas of fundamental theology, political theology and hermeneutics, his publications include: Foundational Theology: Jesus and the Church; Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives, co-authored with John Galvin; Habermas, Modernity, and Public Theology, co-edited with Don Browning; and Modern Christian Thought, Vol. 2. The Twentieth Century, co-authored with James Livingston .
Samuel D. Herring is Vice President of Content Development for LGUIDE.COM. He holds a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School, where he focused on religious ethics and social policy. While at Harvard, Herring wrote and conducted research for the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life on topics related to welfare reform and faith-base organizations.