Sarah Reed Harris has been appointed managing director of the Center for Interfaith Relations.
“We are fortunate to have found in Sarah a person of great personal faith and tremendous administrative and organizational ability,” Turney P. Berry, chairman of the CIR board, said in a press release. “Her passion for our work made her the natural choice for Managing Director, and we look forward to her leadership as we expand the scope and reach of the Festival of Faiths.”
Harris has been serving as assistant director of the organization since May 2012. Prior to joining the Center, for a decade Harris was a banker in Boston and in Louisville. Then, for 10 years, she was involved in local community development efforts concentrating on workforce and urban business development services.
In her role as managing director, Harris will direct the center’s community outreach, personal growth, and interfaith activities. She will continue to head the annual Festival of Faiths, which in 2015 will mark its 20th anniversary.
“It is a distinct honor to help lead this organization in the fulfillment of its motto, ‘Many Faiths. One Heart. Common Action,’” Harris said. “We are blessed with visionary leadership, a seasoned and supportive board, and tremendously talented staff.”
“Sarah has been a superb leader of our year-round activities, and the hub of our annual Festival of Faiths these past two years,” board member and festival chairman Owsley Brown III said. “She is uniquely well positioned to lead the organization to great new heights as we seek to broaden and deepen our work.”