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

Kristen Looney

Farrington has served as director of the Center since September 2017, and joined the RFC in 2016.

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.

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