Maia Ferdman, Program Manager of the Abrahamic House, is a facilitator, educator, and community-builder with a specialty in intergroup relations and program management. Maia was fascinated by culture, identity, and peace-building from an early age. She grew up in an Argentinian family in San Diego, where dancing salsa at b’nai-mitzvahs and attending Cesar Chavez breakfasts with her dad was the norm. This fascination led her to “study the world” at UCLA through a B.A. in Global Studies and an M.A. in Latin American Studies, and later to work with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee developing international programming about global Jewish religious and cultural diversity. Through this role Maia lived in India, Israel, and Bulgaria. She later worked with the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, pursuing intergroup peace-building through intentionally designed community engagement initiatives, including facilitated conversations about police-community relations and large-scale interfaith convenings. She works with the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy, elevating the role of history and historical analysis in policymaking, and she supports Abrahamic House program and fellows in their work to build meaningful interfaith community. Maia loves to host old and new friends in her home, and often makes her Shabbat guests answer icebreaker questions. She is an avid reader and writer, intricate doodler, and proud sister of two younger brothers.