Rabbi Yisrael Motzen leads Ner Tamid, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Baltimore.
Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal leads Shaare Torah, a synagogue in Gaithersburg, Md. In July 2019, he will become chief executive of the Rabbinical Assembly, an international association for conservative rabbis.
Jennifer L. Briemann is the executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference, where she helps lead the group’s advocacy efforts against physician-assisted suicide.
Mark Hetfield is the president and CEO of HIAS, or Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Arrange an interview through Bill Swersey.
Kay Bellor is the vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Arrange an interview through Danielle Bernard.
Ganoune Diop serves as general secretary of the International Religious Liberty Association, which is based in Silver Spring, Md. He is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and he previously taught biblical languages, exegesis and theology at Adventist universities in France and the U.S.
Eric E. Sterling is the executive director of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, which advocates for drug policy reforms. From 2013 to 2017, he served on the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission and helped author the state’s medical marijuana regulations. Sterling has written about Quaker teachings and drug law.
Elaine S. Povich is the author of John McCain: A Biography. She’s a longtime journalist and adjunct lecturer in journalism at the University of Maryland.
Stephen Freeland is an evolutionary biologist and director of interdisciplinary studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He studies the interface of science and religion and gave a joint lecture in exoplanets for the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion.