WASHINGTON — Lutheran Services in America, a national network of 300 health and human services provider organizations that cultivates caring communities to advance health and opportunity for all people in the United States, announced the appointment of Sue Pechilio Polis as vice president of public relations and government affairs.
Polis brings more than 20 years of experience in staff, program and project management to her new role leading marketing, communications and advocacy efforts at Lutheran Services in America. She will oversee initiatives that drive the organization’s strategic objectives to expand partner engagement and strengthen the voice of the Lutheran Services in America network to advance national conversations on priority issues.
“Sue’s significant achievements in spearheading policy and systems change at the national, state and community levels showcase her valuable leadership skills. With her strong relationship-building skills, innovative mindset and deep experience across the health and human services sector, we look forward to the positive impact she will undoubtedly bring to our network as we grow our collective capacity to lead and effect change at a local and national level,” said Alesia Frerichs, president and CEO of Lutheran Services in America.
Polis arrives at Lutheran Services in America from the National League of Cities where she set the strategic direction of the organization’s work in health by advancing policy and systems change to improve community health and generating well over $10 million in revenue to address the essential conditions for good health in cities and communities across the country. In her previous role at Trust for America’s Health, she led the successful development of partner relations and external affairs strategies to ensure robust multi-sector engagement and collaboration to improve individual and community health. Polis also held prior leadership positions at AARP and the American Heart Association.
“The dedication of Lutheran Services in America to advancing the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable people in order to improve health and opportunity aligns perfectly with my own professional journey. Together with this extraordinary network and strong organizational leadership, we will continue to foster innovative collaborations focused on aging, child welfare, housing, and the disability community. By uniting our member organizations with diverse partners to address the most pressing challenges facing our communities, we can ensure aligned action to improve health and well-being across the United States,” said Polis.
About Lutheran Services in America
Lutheran Services in America is a national network of 300 faith-based health and human services organizations that cultivates caring communities to advance health and opportunity for all people in the United States. Recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Forbes as one of the nation’s top nonprofit organizations, the Lutheran Services in America network operates with more than $26 billion in combined annual revenue to reach one in 50 people located in 1,400 communities across 46 states each year. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Lutheran Services in America catalyzes innovation through collaboration with its member organizations and partners in philanthropy, academia, healthcare and business to address the most critical challenges in our communities and empower people to lead their best lives.