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From Crisis to Compassion: LMM Advocacy’s View from the Frontlines

I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to work from home during the COVID pandemic. While I may experience the occasional spurt of stir-craziness, and miss seeing family and friends, I am able to take many of the steps necessary to avoid exposure to this...

Bold, Principled, Visionary

March is Women’s History Month, where we honor women’s contributions throughout history to the world as we know it. You may have heard the phrase, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” Women who make history are bold, principled, and visionary. As Chair of the LMM...

Honoring Those Who Came Before Us

There are countless people of color from the Cleveland area who have been instrumental throughout the city's history with their innovative work in the realms of advocacy, civil rights, re-entry and much more. As an agency that prioritizes advocacy and empowering those...

NBA Legend Cooks & Serves Meals at Men’s Shelter

  Basketball great Charles Oakley made a special visit to our Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside! The Charles Oakley Foundation has partnered with PlayRobinhood to #OakOutHunger in cities across...

President’s Blog: LMM Advocacy Intern Erin Kiley (Part 2)- Guest Blog

As part of my 10-week internship at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, I was asked to conduct an advocacy-focused research project. The goal for this project was to better understand a challenge facing clients at LMM and then present a possible policy solution to elected...

Andrew D. Genszler
President & CEO, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

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Andrew GenszlerAndrew D. Genszler has been the President and CEO of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry since June of 2013. From 2007 to 2013 Genszler was the Director for Advocacy with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This position included leadership of offices in Washington, D.C., at the United Nations, and in 19 state capitals, as well as a Corporate Social Responsibility office. Previously Genszler was the Associate Director for Public Policy for Lutheran Services in America (LSA), a national umbrella of social service organizations. In both positions, he led national campaigns to address hunger and housing policy and his portfolio included health, economic development, and budget issues. He built strong bi-partisan relationships with the Bush and Obama Administrations, federal officials and members of Congress.

A 1991 graduate of Wittenberg University in political science, Genszler has a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus and completed a thesis year at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. He earned a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in 2004. Genszler was a student intern for Congressman David L. Hobson. Genszler is a chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve.

Genszler has also worked as a district underwriter for Nationwide Insurance in Canton and Columbus, and for the Cleveland Interfaith Hospitality Network (now Family Promise), an organization serving homeless families. He has served on the boards of the Alliance to End Hunger and the Coalition on Human Needs, national inter-sector responses to hunger and poverty and currently serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and the Board of Directors for Campus District, Inc. and Maximum Accessible Housing Ohio. He and his family live in Cleveland Heights.

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