Abby Stamelman Hocky

Executive Director

Abby Stamelman Hocky has served as Executive Director of Interfaith Philadelphia since its inception in January 2004. She has a special interest in collaborative models of social change, and in the role of faith and culture in strengthening society.


Abby came to Interfaith Philadelphia after working in intergroup relations and public policy for over two decades at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia. Her work as Associate Executive Director and Director of Interreligious Relations entailed striving to enhance interfaith understanding, resolve issues among religious groups, and develop numerous models for dialogue – especially among Muslims, Christians and Jews.


Abby was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve on the Police Oversight Board (2015-16). She served as a Technical Advisor to non-profits in the West Philadelphia Economic Recovery Coalition program. She serves as a member of NewCORE, (the New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity), member of the Field Cabinet of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, and on the Board of ArtWell. She participated in the FBI Citizens Academy training and is a recipient of PCHR’s Professional in Human Relations Award.


Abby received her BA from Lafayette College and her MSW from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

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