Program Coordinator for Interfaith Relations & Community Partnerships at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Bethany Boucher is the Program Coordinator for the Interfaith Relations & Community Partnerships department at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, an organization that is dedicated to bringing diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. A steadfast advocate of the strength of uniting across differences, Bethany engages in collaborative partnerships with faith communities and houses of worship, non-profits, universities and more to develop programs that address the timely topics and issues of the Greater Houston community. Bethany leads the development and implementation of Interfaith Ministries’ community based interfaith educational platform, Faith in Our City, and dialogue initiatives, including dinner discussions and opportunities to serve the community. Bethany leads the development of leadership and engagement opportunities for young leaders and professionals within Interfaith Ministries to ensure the growth of the next generation of leaders within the organization. Bethany is also actively involved with ADL in Houston. She is the recipient of the Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding young professionals for their leadership in the fight against anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of prejudice. She is a member of the Southwest Region’s Associate Board, Co-Chair of the Community Partnerships Committee and served as Co-Chair of the 2017-2018 class of the Glass Leadership Institute (GLI). She spearheaded The Civility Project, a workshop of ADL’s Southwest Region that partnered with the Houston Area Urban League, LAMBDA NextGen and Resetting the Table to provide a platform for young leaders to learn and practice tangible skills for civil dialogue across divides. In addition to her involvement in the Southwest Region, Bethany is a member of ADL’s national GLI Alumni Advisory Board. She is excited to join young leaders of diverse backgrounds to expand GLI alumni efforts locally and nationally, and brainstorm on ways that different regions can collaborate on ADL initiatives. Bethany graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Linguistics.
What are you most looking forward to as a new member of the GLI AAB?
I am most looking forward to meeting closely with young ADL leaders from across the country. We are often very focused on our specific region (for obvious and valid reasons) and the opportunity to learn how other regions engage leadership and implement their initiatives is not only important, but also exciting.
What do you hope the board (or you as a member of the board) will accomplish and/or help solve within this year?
I hope that we are able to develop a sustainable model for a national network where regions collaborate on best practices, set goals and priorities for ADL and GLI together. We learn from our successes and failures within our regions and to be interconnected will build cohesiveness and make each of our regions better for it. But our plans must be realistic and sustainable in order to be successful long term.