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President’s Blog: The Why (Part 2)

It is also our expectation and our hope that exploring the “why” will make us more relevant in addressing the everyday “whys” from our clients, program participants, residents and people in need.

President’s Blog: The Why

I was struck recently by a short TED talk from Simon Sinek, based on his book from a few years ago called “Start with Why”. He describes the concept of the golden circle in organizations.

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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