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February 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — Harvard University scholar Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie has been elected to the Lutheran Services in America Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of 13 senior executives from health and human services, business, academia, and the Lutheran Church and social ministries who are dedicated to transforming the lives of people and communities. Lutheran Services in America leads one of America’s largest health and human services networks with over $22 billion in annual revenue. The Washington, DC-based organization consists of over 300 social ministry organizations working in over 1,400 communities nationwide.

“Dr. Oftelie’s unique, worldwide perspective on issues so directly tied to our work will strengthen our organization even more. His experience aligns with what we strive to do at Lutheran Services in America: build and enhance the value our network provides through inventive strategies that transform people’s lives,” noted Charlotte Haberaecker, president and CEO of Lutheran Services in America. “In particular, Dr. Oftelie’s focus on innovation will be invaluable, including his groundbreaking work creating the Human Services Value Curve to improve outcomes and value for human services organizations.”

“The work Lutheran Services in America and its member organizations are doing when it comes to transforming communities and the lives of those they serve is vital, particularly given stretched government resources and programs,” Dr. Oftelie added. “I am excited to further this mission by offering insights from my work tied to improving organizations, thereby adding value to the power and outcomes of the network.”

A Doctor of Law and Policy graduate of Northeastern University and Master in Public Administration graduate of Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Oftelie is based at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he is an Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (TECH), as well as executive director of Leadership for a Networked World, an applied research and executive education initiative. In these roles, he conducts research and teaches at the intersection of policy, technology, innovation, and leadership. The Minneapolis native also has advised senior corporate and government officials, including a presidential administration and three governors, on creating performance and outcome measures.

About Lutheran Services in America

Lutheran Services in America is the national network of Lutheran social ministry organizations — connecting over 300 health and human services nonprofit service providers located throughout the country. Recognized by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Forbes as one of the nation’s largest nonprofits, the Lutheran Services in America network operates with more than $22 billion in annual revenue and over 250,000 member employees. Together, the network lifts up the nation’s most vulnerable people from children to seniors — making a difference in the lives of one in 50 Americans every year. To learn more, please visit www.lutheranservices.org.