Senior Vice President, Interfaith Youth Core

Tony Banout

Senior Vice President of Interfaith Youth Core, Tony is a national expert in one of the most pressing issues of our time: building a thriving democracy out of deep difference on fundamental religious and philosophical grounds. He describes the American experiment of e pluribus unum as his lifelong vocation, which he has approached civically, academically, and in his professional work. Tony has written widely for academic and public consumption and is a frequent public speaker and moderator.

He holds a doctorate in Religious Ethics from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where he was Martin Marty Center and Provost fellow. A dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, he was raised in an immigrant household steeped in the Coptic Orthodox church and absorbed both Roman Catholic and Islamic influences.