Michael G. Pappas grew up in New Jersey. Following a degree from Dickinson College, he worked as a lobbyist, regional field director for a presidential campaign, and investment banker for the oldest municipal bond firm in New Jersey. He left politics and finance to pursue a divinity degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Massachusetts. As an ordained priest he served parishes in Illinois and California. His ministry included contributing articles to numerous religious and secular periodicals, working with the homeless, and ecumenical, interfaith involvement. After transitioning from parish ministry in 2007, he was selected by the San Francisco Interfaith Council to the newly created post of executive director. There he has helped increase the Council’s budget and programs; strengthened existing and cultivated new relationships with civic leaders, NGO’s, judicatories and congregations; and significantly projected the SFIC through expanded use of technology. He serves on numerous boards and recently was appointed to sit on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.