About

Samir Selmanovic, Founder, and Director of Community Engagement at Faith House Manhattan, knows how to create synergy among the stakeholders of an organization and manage them for success. A dynamic community leader since his high school days in former Yugoslavia, Samir was born into complexity with a Muslim father, Christian mother, and an atheist school system, with capitalism to the West and communism to the East. Samir’s passion for problem solving propelled him through his B.Sc in Engineering, M.A. in Psychology, M.Div, and Ph.D. His ten years of community leadership as a progressive Christian pastor include a recognition by the organization Muslims Against Terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11 in New York City, co-founding a vibrant young adult congregation in Southern California, founding the non-profit Faith House Manhattan, and authoring of It’s Really All About God, a book about collaboration with the “religious other.” His work has been profiled in The New York Times. Samir consults, writes and lectures nationally and internationally but no communication achievement compares with his 30 minutes of awesomeness explaining to his two tween daughters the relationship between a girl’s self-image, the fashion industry, and development of adolescent males. Samir has managed 1,000+ active volunteers, raised more than $2 million for worthy causes, and designed 100+ events and programs. He is passionate about community engagement, conscious capitalism, and corporate re-enchantment with common good. Samir has a complicated love relationship with New York City, tends to miss subway stops while reading, and continues to romance his wife Vesna every day since they met more than 20 years ago. If he had to do it all over again, Samir would talk less and cook more.

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