Greg Jao

Greg Jao, Director of External Relations Senior Assistant to the President at InterVarsity

Greg Jao serves InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA as Senior Assistant to the President, focusing on executive office communications and external relations. Greg has more than two decades of experience with InterVarsity, working at InterVarsity Press as well as in the field.  

Greg is the author of Your Mind’s Mission (an Urbana Onward book), The Kingdom of God (a LifeGuide Bible Study), and a contributing author to Following Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents (a discipleship book for Asian Americans) (all published by IVP), Telling the Truth (a book on postmodern evangelism), and Voices of Conflict & Voices of Hope (a two-volume study of American teenagers). 

A second-generation Chinese American, he helped develop The Daniel Project, a leadership acceleration program for Asian American InterVarsity staff. He has served on the curricula teams for subsequent Daniel Projects serving African Americans, Latinos, and Fraternity/Sorority ministry staff. He frequently speaks on campus, in churches, and at conferences. Among InterVarsity alumni, Greg is best known as the emcee for the Urbana Student Mission Conferences in 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012. 

Prior to his ministry with InterVarsity, Greg worked as an employee benefits attorney in Chicago. Greg is a graduate of The University of Chicago (B.A. English, 1990) and The Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1994). He has also served as a Trustee of Langham Partnership US. Greg, his wife Jennifer, and their two daughters reside in New York City. His last name is pronounced HOW.

Pam Gifford

Marketing and Communications Specialists

Opportunity International, Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Pam Gifford graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Literature from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1996, Gifford worked for three years at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where she founded and edited Capital Ideas. In 1999, Gifford joined Hill and Knowlton Inc., and held the position of vice president for five years. She then worked for Hewlett-Packard for a year and a half as the Communications Director for Emerging Market Solutions. In 2006, Gifford found her way to International Justice Mission. She worked there for six years, holding the positions of Vice President of Communications, and Vice President of Corporate and Strategic Partners. 

Gifford is currently a Chicago Chapter founder and team member for 4word. She is also a board member of development for Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society. Last but not least, Pam Gifford is a strategic communications consultant at Opportunity International, Breakthrough Urban Ministries, and Pui Tak Christian School. 

Jessica Rice

Jessica Rice is a communications consultant and blogger, who along with her husband, Jordan, planted Renaissance Church—a vibrant, multi-ethnic community—in Harlem, NYC in 2014. Jessica has a master’s degree in corporate communications from Georgetown University and has consulted with various large non-profits and ministry organizations. She and Jordan have two young sons, Jameson and Josiah, and live in Harlem.

Angela Yee

Angela Yee is Executive Director of Ministry Development of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Chicago. She is an ordained Covenant minister who has served in a number of pastoral and leadership roles in local churches ranging from 30 people to 24,000 attendees. Her varied background as a designer and musician, published author, event coordinator, and church systems consultant and trainer, as well as her passion for the local church, has enabled her to assist churches in to be more effective in fulfilling their God-given visions. She and her husband Albert reside in Chicago, and are parents of two adult children.

Dr. Nicholas Pearce

A scholar, speaker, entrepreneur, and pastor, Dr. Nicholas Pearce is an award-winning professor of management and organizations at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, the founder and chief executive officer of The Vocati Group, a boutique global executive advisory consultancy, and assistant pastor of Chicago’s historic, 12,000- member Apostolic Church of God. He is the author of The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life’s Work (St. Martin’s Press).

An internationally recognized thought leader on values-driven leadership and organizational transformation, Dr. Pearce is a trusted adviser, executive coach, and sought-after speaker for corporations, social impact organizations, communities of faith, and governments on six continents. His speaking and consulting clients include AbbVie, Accelerate Institute,

Archdiocese of Chicago, Boston Scientific, BP, The Capital Group, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Urban League, The Episcopal Church, Exelon, Facebook, FMC, Google, Health Care Service Corporation, Hearst, Hyatt, JLL, JPMorgan Chase, KIPP, McDonald’s, Morningstar, NASA, Nike, Novartis, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Surge Institute, Teach for America, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Olympic Committee, USG, Wheaton College, Whirlpool, and YPO. His thought leadership has been featured in global media including The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, CNN, Crain’s Chicago Business, Discovery Channel, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, National Geographic, New York Times, Newsweek, NPR, Slate, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Univision,, and Washington Post.

Celebrated for his leadership and scholarship, Dr. Pearce has been a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow since 2015 and has also been named Kellogg’s MSMS Professor of the Year, a Galbraith Scholar by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Public Voices Fellow by The OpEd Project, and one of Chicago’s 40 Game Changers (under 40) by WVON/Ariel Investments. He has also been honored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Mustard Seed Foundation, National Black MBA Association, and Union League Club of Chicago, among other notable institutions.

Committed to community impact, Dr. Pearce serves as a trustee of the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Field Foundation, Fuller Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, and the Seminary Co- Op Bookstores. Previously, Pearce served as a board member of Access Community Health Network, the Chicago Community Trust African American Legacy Fund, and the Harvey Fellows Advisory Board.

Dr. Pearce holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the S.B. in Chemical Engineering & Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Religious Studies earned in conjunction with Harvard Divinity School. Before coming to Kellogg, Pearce worked in Deloitte Consulting’s human capital practice.

A Chicago native, Dr. Pearce resides in his hometown with his wife, Tammy, son, Nolan, and dog, Baxter.

Katherine Leary Alsdorf

Currently, Katherine is leading Redeemer City to City’s efforts to establish faith and work ministries to support church planting and city renewal activities around the globe. Focused on equipping leaders in all vocations, the Global Faith and Work Collaborative will come along side churches – both pastors and congregants - to further the economic, cultural and spiritual renewal of their cities.

Katherine’s 25 years in the tech industry – in roles from researcher to organizational consultant to CEO – gave her a solid background in leadership and entrepreneurship. In 2002, Katherine led Redeemer in starting its Center for Faith & Work, creating ministries to equip, connect, and mobilize the Redeemer congregation to live out the gospel in every area of their work lives. This was done through Vocation Groups, Arts Ministries, an Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Gotham Fellowship, and numerous conferences, retreats, and classes.

In 2013 she turned over leadership of CFW and spent 5 years consulting with other churches around the country, helping them start church-based faith and work ministries. From 2015-18, she and her husband re-located to Raleigh NC to create the New City Fellows program through a multi-church partnership for city engagement and renewal.

 Katherine currently is adjunct faculty at Regent College in Vancouver, a board member of the Carver Project and the Theology of Work project, and on the Advisory Board of Made to Flourish. She has served on boards of Fellowship of the Performing Arts, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and International Arts Movement. Katherine assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor.

David Wu

David Wu has served as Executive Director of the Pui Tak Center  (PTC) for the past 25 years. This church-based community center in Chicago's Chinatown provides educational, family and community programs to Chinese immigrants.

After receiving a BA from Wheaton College in 1986, David received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to working at PTC, he worked at an immigrant/refugee community-based organization on Chicago’s northside.

He has served on various government, civic and community committees including the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, Ping Tom Park  advisory council, a United Way committee and state-wide adult education advisory council. David lives with his family in Chinatown and actively serves at the Chinese Christian Union Church.