Nadine Maenza is a noted speaker, writer, and policy expert with over two decades of experience as an advocate for working families and a champion for international religious freedom.
Nadine was recently appointed President of the IRF Secretariat, an international organization focused on building religious freedom globally, running the IRF Roundtables in Washington, DC and in over 20 countries globally. In June, Nadine was awarded the IRF Impact Award for Current/Former Government Leaders at the IRF Summit in Washington, D.C.
In May, Nadine finished her second term as a White House appointee on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) which she had served as Chair since June of 2021. She was elected Vice Chair in 2019. Nadine has represented USCIRF in delegations to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Thailand, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan. During her time at USCIRF, she also traveled in her own capacity to better understand conditions in Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Northeast Syria, where she spends about a month each year. In September 2021, she received the "Cedar of God Award" by In Defense of Christians for her "tireless worker throughout her career for religious freedom for Christians both in the Middle East and globally." She is most honored to have met with persecuted communities of various faiths from around the world.
Nadine is a Senior Advisor at Patriot Voices, where she provides her expertise to shape the organization's special emphasis on public policies that support working families. Drawing on her extensive network and coalition-building experiences, she has helped build unique coalitions on issues such as paid family leave, health care, tax reform, and international religious freedom. She advises several major organizations on faith engagement, policy development, and strategic partnerships through The Clapham Group, which have included The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The College Board, The Anne E. Casey Foundation, and others. She has also been partnering with the Shia Fund in the evacuation and resettlement of Afghan refugees since August 2021.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), the https://www.sinjaracademy.org/, and https://freedomresearchfoundation.org/. Previously, she was Chairman of Hardwired Global, an organization working to stop religious oppression around the world.
Nadine has decades of experience in fundraising and coalition building. Earlier in her career, she served as a senior advisor to presidential and Senate campaigns, ran presidential and Senate super PACs, served as the finance director for the Pennsylvania Republican Party, and as a consultant to the Republican National Committee. She worked on Capitol Hill in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Nadine's writings on various policy topics have been published in numerous publications domestically and internationally. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She is married with three children living outside of Philadelphia in Chester County, Pennsylvania.