April 20, 2020
Together with the Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services Southern California (LSSSC), we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith as President and CEO of LSS Southern California. Dr. Beckwith will formally join our corporate office Monday, April 20, 2020.
With nearly 90 programs in 18 offices encompassing eight counties, we are grateful to God that Dr. Beckwith has accepted the position as CEO of LSSSC. She brings a wealth of talent to this role, and we look forward to seeing how her God-given gifts and abilities will support and enhance the important work we do in caring for the most vulnerable in our midst.
Dr. Beckwith joins the organization from California Southern University where she most recently served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. She offers an abundance of fiscal and executive management to the position following a 27-year career with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) retiring as the Vice President of Eastern Region, responsible for profit and loss for operations.
Supported by the work Dr. Beckwith’s done through the Professional Christian Women in Service organization she established in 2005, and other leadership and empowerment programs she created over her professional career, it is clear her heart is truly aligned with the values of Lutheran Social Services.
“My personal mission statement is to enable, encourage, empower, and energize others to be all that God has called them to be. This mission statement has driven my over three decades of personal and professional growth and development” she shared. “Everything I do is informed by what I believe to be my purpose and calling in the Body of Christ. Ultimately, my desire is to live out Proverbs 31:8-9 — Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.“
Dr. Beckwith holds lifetime professional certifications in the area of strategy from the University of Michigan and in leadership from both the Center of Creative Leadership and the Wharton School of Business. She is a graduate of Capella University, with a Doctor of Philosophy in Organization & Management with a Leadership specialization, an MBA with Distinction from Embry-Riddle University, Master of Arts in Business Management from Webster University and is finishing up a second Doctorate of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership from California Southern.
We encourage you to support Dr. Beckwith with your prayers, your volunteer time, and your financial contributions. We welcome her to the LSS family and look forward to her innovation and leadership.
In His Service,
Bishop R. Guy Erwin, Southwest CA Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
President Michael Gibson, Pacific Southwest District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Bishop Andrew Taylor, Pacifica Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America