Lutheran Services in America is pleased to welcome Ariel Guerrero, MPA as a Director, Member Engagement, at our office in Washington, D.C. In this new role, Ariel's focus is in the area of senior services and post-acute care for our national network of health and human services organizations. He will provide critical support to the approximately 200 member organizations of LSA that care for seniors across the country, ranging from in-home services to retirement housing, rehabilitation, respite care and senior centers.
Lutherans are the largest faith-based group serving seniors today, and close to 20% of the senior residential living units among the top 100 non-profit senior providers in the U.S. are members of the LSA network. With unprecedented changes underway affecting non-profit organizations, including the impact of the Affordable Care Act and changes to care models and business models, LSA last year formed a Senior Services community of practice/working group to bring our members together around the critical issues impacting their missions and the people they serve.
Ariel will execute on this working group's strategy, working with member organizations, national partners, foundations and the LSA team to identify collaborative opportunities, partnerships and funding. Through this focused, national support, and under Ariel's leadership, LSA will help its member organizations expand their reach and enrich the health and lives of those they serve through collective projects and identifying development opportunities. Ariel will also serve as the program manager and administrator for senior services grants awarded the national LSA office.
We're excited to have Ariel join us in this role. He comes to LSA from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he served as a National Urban Fellow for Policy, Advocacy and Reform. In this role, Ariel developed and implemented strategies to support child welfare and foster parent organizations and was active in local, state and national policy planning. Previously, he worked for the National Housing Partnership Foundation and the New York City Department of Education on government policy, community relations and legislative affairs. Ariel is a proud alumnus of Fordham University where he received his BS in Psychology and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College. He is an active member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) serving on the New York ADA Latino Initiatives Committee and the National Latino Diabetes Action Council.
Ariel joins LSA as of January 4, 2016, reporting to Alesia Frerichs, Vice President, Member Engagement. Please join us in welcoming Ariel to the LSA team.