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Senior Director of Advocacy & Outreach – Middle East
World Vision U.S.


Mae Elise Cannon currently serves as the Senior Director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision USA. Prior to working with World Vision, Mae served as consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International. Cannon is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009) which won the 2010 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year Award in the category of justice. Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). She was formerly the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church located in Walnut Creek, California and also served as director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Cannon holds an M.Div. from North Park Theological Seminary, an M.B.A. from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She is a doctoral candidate in American History with the minor in Middle Eastern studies at the University of California Davis focusing her dissertation on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Her several publications about the conflict include Mischief Making in Palestine: American Protestant Involvement in the Holy Land from 1917 to Today and several other papers and articles which have been presented at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) regional and annual conferences. In addition, her most recent article “A Revolution Unites: Will Interfaith Harmony be a Part of the Liberation of Egypt’s People” was published in Prism, the official magazine of Evangelicals for Social Action (May/June 2011).