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A Summer With LMM – Mark Grabowski (pt. 1)

Hi everyone, my name is Mark Grabowski and I am the Advocacy Intern with LMM for the summer of 2021. I was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan (25 minutes Southeast of Detroit), but don’t worry - I am being converted to a Clevelander! I graduated from John Carroll...

A Push Towards Justice: Elizabeth Stiles

One year. May 25th marks one year since Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. In this year there has been a lot of talk. Being “woke” is the new norm. We all went to webinars on Redlining, Gerrymandering, and the...

Planting SEEDS of Change

SEEDS is a collaboration between Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) with a goal of providing opportunities for residents of Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside to obtain employment and housing. The landscaping program started in 2011...

Fair Chance Housing

Do you remember the last time you applied for a rental property? At some point in the application process, you were probably asked to pay a fee for the property manager to run a background check. This step has become a routine part of the rental application process....

A Push Towards Justice: Doug Heuer

A Push Towards Justice: Doug Heuer LMM Board Member & LMM Advocacy Committee Member Why should I care about racial equity? My answer is rooted in both my spiritual faith and my belief in democracy. My faith directs me to love my neighbor as I love myself and that...

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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