JaNaé Bates is the new Communications Director of ISAIAH, a faith-based organization dedicated to economic and racial justice for the world in general and for the state of Minnesota especially by being a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively and powerfully toward that end. JaNaé is a proud Sum Cum Laude alumna of Wilberforce University, graduating first in her class while receiving her BA in Mass Media Communications. She was later awarded the Fulbright International Post Graduate Scholarship for the 2013-14 school year. As a Fulbright Scholar JaNaé received her Master of Theology in Ministry and Mission at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, United Kingdom with First Honours, the highest distinction. Her focus is on theologies concerning marginalized and oppressed people – primarily Liberation Theology, Disability Theology, Black Liberation Theology and Womanist Theology. Professionally, she was a staff writer with the Call and Post Newspapers in Cleveland, Ohio, dedicated to writing stories concerning the local community and exposing issues that directly affect Cleveland’s minority populations. More recently she was with PR Newswire’s Cleveland branch and had been for seven years where she functioned as a senior editor for the global newswire service. JaNaé also worked with the Cleveland bureau for the Anti-Defamation League, an organization dedicated to anti-bias and anti-prejudice support for schools and community institutions. There she served as a facilitator and worked primarily in schools to lead in conversations and exercises with students and teachers about bullying and anti-bias. JaNaé has been an active member of Imani Church United Church of Christ in Euclid, Ohio for almost 25 years. There she received the call to teach the Gospel through the Imani Bible Institute and is a licensed minister with specialization in the area of Social Justice. As a Clevelander, she spent her free time with friends and family as well as writing, reading, and being a local activist with several organizations against racial, economic and gender injustice in the community. New to Minnesota, she was recently announced as a fellow of the Dr. Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy with the African American Leadership Forum in the Twin Cities. She looks forward to engaging in relationships with local faith communities and the larger surrounding areas.