Founder and Executive Director
Robert Nicholson is Founder and Executive Director of The Philos Project. He holds a BA in Hebrew Studies from Binghamton University, and both a JD and MA in Middle Eastern history from Syracuse University. A former U.S. Marine and a 2012-13 Tikvah Fellow, Robert founded The Philos Project in 2014. His advocacy focuses on spreading the vision of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious Middle East based on freedom and rule of law. Robert serves on the Board of Directors of Passages, and is a publisher of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. His written work has appeared in First Things, The Federalist, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, and The American Interest, among others.
Follow Robert on Twitter: @rwnicholson_
Luke Moon is the Deputy Director of the Philos Project. Prior to that, Luke served as business manager for the Institute on Religion and Democracy, and, before that, as a missionary with Youth with a Mission for 12 years. Luke has lived, worked, and taught in over 45 countries, and has advocated on a number of human rights issues along the way. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from the University of the Nations and an MA in Global Politics from Regent University. Luke is also an ordained Southern Baptist minister.
Follow Luke on Twitter: @lukemoon1
Director of Operations
Nicole Manalo is the Director of Operations at the Philos Project. She holds a BS in Clinical Health Sciences from Liberty University. No stranger to human rights advocacy, Nicole played a key role in the KONY 2012 and MOVE:DC campaigns that raised awareness about atrocities in West Africa. In her free time, she also volunteers at her local church and a New York City food bank. Nicole speaks fluent Tagalog, loves gaming, and enjoys anything related to tech and robotics.
Follow Nicole on Twitter: @nmanalo_21
Leadership Network Director
Rebecca Gonzales is the Leadership Network Director of the Philos Project. She studied Justice and Law at American University, graduating in 2016. An alumna of the Philos Leadership Institute, she served as the President of American University’s chapter of Christians United for Israel. Rebecca has also conducted policy research at the Susan B. Anthony List and Charlotte Lozier Institute. An advocate for the empowerment of women, Rebecca founded American University’s chapter of the Network of Enlightened Women. In her free time, she is a prolific reader, traveller, and connoisseur of hummus.
Gabriella is the Communications Director of the Philos Project. She holds a BA in Communications and Journalism and a MBA from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Gabriella has worked in a wide array of scopes, from special event planning to documentary film promotion. With a strong affinity for people, volunteer work and outreach, she has often found herself spearheading social groups, leading women’s bible studies and providing volunteer assistance to multiple organizations. In the summer of 2016 she lived in Zambia, Africa, living and volunteering at a home for abused and at-risk girls. A lover of the arts, Gabriella often dedicates her free time to her photography and art. She can always be found with a new book or figuring out a free way to get her hands on a piano in New York City (not an easy feat).
Follow Gabriella on Twitter: @gabytmiller1
Allison is the Advocacy Director of the Philos Project. Allison graduated from The King’s College majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with minors in Theology and Foreign Affairs. Allison’s previous work experience includes serving as an Events and Fundraising Director for two County Commission Candidates, Campaign Manager for a School Board Candidate, Field Director for the Susan B. Anthony List, Passages Senior Fellow, and Philos Project Intern. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, shooting, hunting, playing violin, traveling, and going to jazz clubs.
Hispanic Affairs Director
Jesse Rojo is the Director of Hispanic Affairs at The Philos Project. A native New Yorker of Dominican descent, Jesse holds a BA in Theological Studies from Hyles-Anderson College. He has pioneered bilingual programs to engage and educate the Christian Hispanic community on Israel-related issues, including educational initiatives, alumni networks, and a nationwide leadership conference. In 2016, Jesse founded Israel A Cappella, an initiative to allow Hispanic Christians to connect with the land of Israel through the experiences and testimony of Christian music artists. In addition to his work at the Philos Project, Jesse is a part of Tim Keller’s international church-planting network, Redeemer City-to-City, and is in the process of planting a bilingual church among immigrant and native communities in Yonkers, New York. His work has been published in The Christian Post and Contexto Media.
Follow Jesse on Twitter: @jssrojo
African American Affairs Director
Kristina King is the African American Affairs Director of the Philos Project. Originally from the San Francisco bay area in Northern California, she currently lives in Chicago. She pioneered the African American Outreach programs for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and the International Fellowhip of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). She studied at Duke University. Kristina is passionate about drawing connections between the cooperation of the Jewish and African American communities particularly during the civil rights movement and how this can inspire further cooperation today.
Managing Editor of Providence Magazine
Drew Griffin is the managing editor of Providence, a quarterly journal of Christianity and American foreign policy published by Philos and the Institute of Religion and Democracy. Drew holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, and an M.Div in Biblical and Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a veteran of over a dozen political campaigns, a featured writer and speaker on the intersection of faith and culture. For 3 years he served as director of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary extension center in NYC, and was a professor of Theology at the New York School of the Bible. Drew served for 4 years as founder and pastor of Cross Church NYC, a protestant church plant in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He resides in Manhattan with his wife Emily and daughter Charlotte.
Follow Drew on Twitter: @DG_NYC
David Newman is the Development Associate of the Philos Project. A graduate of the University of Mississippi in May of 2018, David holds a BA in International Studies and Arabic with concentrations in governance and politics and the Middle East. During his undergraduate years, David studied in South Africa, Jordan, and Israel, and he has conducted research on terrorism and electoral political systems in the Middle East. David also spent his time at Ole Miss touring and playing drums with recording artist Sam Mooney. An alumnus of the Philos Leadership Institute 2017, he has now dedicated himself to advocacy for pluralism and justice in the Middle East by joining the Philos staff. In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to various genres of music, and spending quality time with his wife Madison.
Leadership Network Associate
Brittany is the Leadership Network Associate for the Philos Project. She holds a BA in Bible and Urban Ministries from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. During her time mentoring youth on the SouthSide of Chicago, Brittany traveled to Israel with Passages and became involved helping to assist lead young college students to Israel. Recently, she had the opportunity to live in Israel as a Teaching Fellow with the Galilea Fellowship. Here she studied Jewish-Christian relations and assisted in teaching English at local Jewish and Arab-Christian schools. Passionate about empowering others to reach their full potential, Brittany is an advocate for justice and reconciliation. In her free time, she can be found traveling, looking for new books to read, recipes to cook, and working on music.