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Board Members

Cynthia Barnes-Slater

Board Treasurer

Cynthia Barnes-Slater (she/her) is a retired human resources executive with over 35 years public and private experience in managing staff, budgets, and projects.

She is a graduate of Cornell University and South Bank University, London, UK, and a native of San Francisco, CA. Cynthia has been an active member of the Baha’i Faith for nearly fifty years. She writes essays on faith and race for Baha’ and is committed to racial justice and the oneness of humankind. She serves as Treasurer on the board of the Wayfarer Foundation. She is married with two adult sons, two beautiful granddaughters, and currently lives in Claremont, California.

Justin Baldoni

Board Secretary

Justin Baldoni (he/him) is an actor, director, producer, entrepreneur, and change-maker whose efforts are to create impactful media and entertainment.

Justin is the co-founder of Wayfarer Studios, an independent financial and production engine that is a pioneering purpose-driven, multi-platform film and television studio that elevates and speaks to the human spirit. A member of the Baha’i Faith, Justin spends his time on causes close to his heart, from transforming the way communities see and respond to the needs of people experiencing homelessness to sharing critical perspectives on masculinity and gender equality. Justin seeks to create projects that benefit the world personally and professionally. He currently lives in Ojai, CA, with his wife and two children.

Steve Sarowitz

Board Chair

Steve Sarowitz (he/him) is a philanthropist, Founder and Chairman of Paylocity (Nasdaq: PCTY), Director of Payescape, and partner in Wayfarer Studios.

A passionate Baha’i, Steve presents about the Baha’i Faith and its vision of world unity at venues around the globe. Steve served as Executive Producer for the award-winning documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still, I Rise” and “The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith,” a groundbreaking documentary. As an international philanthropist, Steve promotes unity and universal education and advocates eliminating racism, sexism, nationalism, and religious prejudice. Steve, a Chicago Area Runners Association Hall of Fame inductee, enjoys running and spending time with his wife and two children.


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