URI North America Staff & Volunteers


Tahil Sharma
Regional Coordinator for North America

Tahil Sharma is an interfaith activist based in Los Angeles who was born to a Hindu father and a Sikh mother. Following the Oak Creek, WI shooting of a Sikh temple in 2012, Tahil became involved in efforts for interfaith literacy and social justice and has been doing this work professionally for the past seven years. Tahil serves as one of three Interfaith Ministers in Residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and as the Los Angeles Coordinator for Sadhana: A Coalition of Progressive Hindus. Tahil also serves various organizations in different capacities to educate, engage, and serve various communities that promote interfaith cooperation and ethical pluralism and social and productive norms in society including the Interfaith Youth Core, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, The Guibord Center, and The Interreligious Council of Southern California. Tahil previously worked as the Faith Outreach Manager for Brave New Films, a social justice documentary organization based in Los Angeles that empowers communities and teaches civic participation through new media, facilitation, and strategies for action. He is also a contributing author to books including Co-Human Harmony: Using Our Shared Humanity To Bridge Divides, Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care: Chaplaincy in Theory and Practice, and Acting on Faith: Stories of Courage, Activism, and Hope Across Religions.

You can reach Sari by emailing tsharma@uri.org. As she will be working an extremely limited number of hours in this interim role, please browse the resource list at this link to see if you can find an answer to your inquiry. 

Lisa Fruth 
Senior Social Media Fellow

Lisa Fruth is passionate about bringing people together in a way that values diversity. She has a deep commitment to honor and cherish each person on this Earth, vowing to respect each person’s values. She truly believes that we are better because of our differences and by capitalizing on those differences, we can create a world that is beyond anything any one of us could devise alone. Lisa has a background in both Computer Science and Education along with 18 years of volunteer experience. She has worked in both private industry and government environments, including the National Digital Library Program at the Library of Congress. Lisa joined the team this fall as Social Media Intern and is excited to share her passion for interfaith work.

Katie Emmons

Communications Intern

Katie graduated from college with degrees in religion and psychology, as well as a passion for interfaith work. Before joining URI North America, she worked for the Abrahamic Reunion, a global interfaith peacemaking organization. Katie has been to the last two Parliaments of the World’s Religions, and loves to experience cultures and beliefs different than her own. She recently became one of the URI’s Communications Interns and is excited to be a part of the team.