Board of Directors

Larry Eastland, Chairman of the Board

Larry Eastland has served four U.S. Presidents, including service as Staff Assistant to the President, U.S. Delegate to the World Tourism Organization, and Director of Operations for the Summit of Industrialized Nations. He is a combat-decorated U.S. Marine Corps officer, having served as a Firebase Commander in Vietnam. Dr. Eastland received a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Brigham Young University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. His business offices are in the U.S., Hong Kong, and the Middle East. He is a Distinguished Board Member of the American Conservative Union. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has served as an LDS missionary in Berlin, a bishop, in a mission presidency, and currently serves on North America West Public Area Public Affairs Council as Assistant Director.

Michael Stanley (Vice-Chair)

Michael D. Stanley serves as the director of the Northridge California Latter-day Saint Institute of Religion And as a member of the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Dr. Stanley is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a Doctorate in International Organizational Development. In addition to more than 30 years with the Church Education System, he has consulted on organizational issues with multiple businesses, local and state governments and taught a variety of college courses. He is actively involved in community relations including government, religious organizations, schools and multiple universities. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has served in many capacities including as a full-time missionary in Hong Kong, a Bishop, and currently as President of the Santa Clarita California Stake.

Eric Knapp (Chief Financial Officer)

Eric Knapp is a financial executive with 25 years of international business experience.  This experience includes working and living in Russia, Kazakhstan and the Middle East.  He received a Master’s degree from University of California Los Angeles blending business and engineering after a computer systems undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona.  Eric has served in numerous church positions, including branch leadership in Russia and Egypt.  He now supports the California Los Angeles Mission in planning and logistics, and serves in his local ward as events coordinator and membership clerk.

Christopher Eastland (Secretary)

Christopher L. Eastland, J.D. is a partner in the private equity firm Seidler Equity Partners and serves as a board member for numerous public and private corporations. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration: Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Southern California; he served on the Law Review Board and graduated Order of the Coif and President of his class from the USC Gould School of Law. He was formerly a corporate associate at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP. He was among the first group of missionaries in St. Petersburg, Russia where he served as Assistant to the President. Most recently, Christopher served as bishop of the Pacific Palisades Ward in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dan Galorath (Treasurer)

Dan Galorath has been involved with engineering, estimating, and analysis for 40 years. Under his leadership, Galorath Inc. developed SEER cost, schedule, risk applications, methods, and training for software, hardware, electronics & systems, information technology, and manufacturing. Dan is the primary author of the book “Software Sizing, Estimation, and Risk Management: When Performance Is Measured Performance Improves.” His widely read blog, Dan Galorath on Estimating, covers estimation, planning, measurement, control and risk analysis. He has received lifetime achievement awards from major industry associations covering his contributions to the state of the art of estimation, planning, and project control. Dan serves on several corporate nonprofit boards and speaks internationally on topics of project management, project and program economics, metrics, estimation, analysis, planning, and control. He has served in numerous church service roles including Bishop, High Councilor, stake welfare specialist, and addiction specialist, and is currently a counselor in the California Los Angeles Mission Presidency.

D.M. "Chip" Rawlings (Executive Committee)

Douglas M. “Chip” Rawlings, J.D. is a retired partner from the international litigation firm of Quinn Emanuel & Sullivan LLP. During his 38-year career, he specialized in complex litigation with emphases in real estate and securities litigation, particularly in mortgage-backed securities and derivatives. He also represented museums and specialized in art law. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in the History of Thought. He served as a JAG officer in the United States Air Force after graduating from Yale Law School. In 2014, he returned from serving as President of the Finland Helsinki Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He now serves as a sealer in the Los Angeles Temple and as a member of the North America West JustServe Council.

George Durham

George Durham (Board Member)

George H. Durham, III is a principal with Seattle-based Linksbridge SPC, a social impact consulting firm providing strategy and advisory services to international NGOs, domestic nonprofits, and other public sector organizations in global development, global health, communications, and technology. George has led two Seattle-area nonprofit organizations, has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University. George is a member of the High Council in the Seattle Washington North Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Laura Redford

Laura Redford (Board Member)


Laura Redford is a historian, scholar and teacher specializing in United States urban history and Los Angeles history. She has taught at UCLA, Scripps College in Claremont, California, and Brigham Young University. She was also an educator at the Geffen Academy at UCLA, teaching in the upper school. Her work has been published by the Journal of Planning History and an online US History textbook, The American Yawp. Dr. Redford earned her PhD in history from UCLA, holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints in Pusan, Korea. In addition to many teaching opportunities at church, she has served as the Director of Public Affairs, and in the leadership of the church’s women’s organization, and as a counselor in the Los Angeles Stake Relief Society Presidency. She and her husband and three children now reside in Orem, Utah.

John W. "Jack" Welch (Board Member)

John W. (“Jack”) Welch is the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, where he teaches courses on Joseph Smith and the Law, Biblical Law, and Tax Exempt Organizations. He grew up in La Cañada, California, and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Brigham Young University in History, Mathematics and Greek. He studied Greek philosophy as a Woodrow Wilson fellow at Oxford University, and received his law degree from Duke University. He practiced law in Los Angeles with O’Melveny & Myers before joining the BYU Law faculty. Jack is widely published on various religious and law topics, and was an editor for BYU Studies Quarterly from 1991-2018. He has also served on the executive committee of the Biblical Law Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. His wife Jeannie has taught for many years in the BYU French Department, and thanks to their four children and their spouses, they have 17 grandchildren.

Staff Members

Jacob Rennaker (Director and Scholar in Residence)

Jacob Rennaker serves as both Director and Scholar in Residence and is the John A. Widtsoe Fellow at Chapman University’s Fish Interfaith Center. He holds degrees in religion from Brigham Young University, the University of Washington, and Claremont Graduate University. As Director of the Foundation, he develops and oversees a number of original academic and devotional initiatives as well as collaborative interfaith efforts. He also provides leadership support for programs sponsored by the Foundation, such as the BYU New Testament Commentary Series. He has presented scholarly papers on behalf of the Foundation at a variety of academic conferences, including those held by the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, Mormon Scholars in the Humanities, and others. He also co-edited and contributed to Sacred Space, Sacred Thread: Perspectives Across Time and Traditions (Wipf & Stock, 2019), which grew out of a conference the Foundation organized at USC.