Michael G. Pappas
Michael G. Pappas was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He graduated
from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) in 1983, after which he successively
worked as a lobbyist, regional field director for a presidential campaign and
investment banker for the oldest municipal bond firm in New Jersey.
In 1987, he left the world of politics & finance and enrolled at Holy Cross
Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, MA) attaining an M.Div.,
with honors, in the class of 1992. An ordained priest of the Greek Orthodox
Church, Michael served parishes in Palos Hills, IL, Stockton, CA, and San
During his sixteen-year ministry, he was a prolific writer, contributing articles
to numerous religious and secular periodicals. As well, he devoted energy
to work with the homeless and further ecumenical/interfaith relationships.
After transitioning from parish ministry in 2007, he was selected by the San
Francisco Interfaith Council to the newly created administrative post of
In his tenure as Executive Director Michael has helped increase the Council’
s budget and programs substantially; strengthened existing and cultivated
new relationships with civic leaders, NGO’s, judicatories and congregations;
and significantly projected the SFIC through expanded use of technology.
His previous/current board memberships include: Mayoral appointments to
the San Francisco Disaster Council, San Francisco Office of Civic
Engagement's 2010 Census Complete Count Committee; San Francisco
Assisi Sister City Committee, and San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
He has also served as a Board Member of the National Shrine of Saint
Francis; Board of Directors & Program Committee Chair of the Interfaith
Center at the Presidio; The San Francisco Foundation FAITHS Advisory
Board; Episcopal Charities Board of Trustees; Night Ministry Advisory
Board Member. Michael serves on the United Religions Initiative (URI) North
America Region Leadership Council and was most recently elected by that
Region to serve as a Trustee on URI's Global Council.
He traveled to Turkey as a participant in the Pacifica Institute Cultural
Exchange, attended the United Religions Initiative Global Assembly in
Mayapur, India; the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne,
Australia; spent a week in New Orleans doing disaster relief; and most
recently was the guest of the Jewish Community Relations Council in their
Community Leaders sojourn to Israel.
He is the father of two sons, George and Paul, and one daughter, Julia. He
is a congregant at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco, CA.
San Francisco, CA 94129