California Lutheran Homes Foundation and Community Services names Glendale resident Nancy J Ackerman President and Chief Executive Officer

December 12, 2021

GLENDALE, CALIF. – California Lutheran Homes Foundation and Community Services (CLH), an independent not-for-profit social ministry organization providing affordable housing for seniors, veterans and other populations at risk of experiencing homelessness, and human services resources and funding in Southern California, has named Nancy J Ackerman, CFRE, <of Glendale CA> president and chief executive officer. Ackerman succeeds William Jennings, who is retiring after four years as CLH president and CEO. He will lead special projects during a year of leadership transition.

Ackerman is a deacon (minister of Word and Service), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Southwest California Synod, and is certified as a fundraising executive (CFRE). She has served on the CLH board since 2019.

She brings 30 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience in religious, education, arts,and health and human services sectors. She has led multi-million-dollar fundraising campaigns and provided organizational strategic planning and guidance, executive coaching, interim department leadership, assessments, and training.

In announcing her appointment, CLH Board President Robert Chillison lauded Ackerman’s relevant background in non-profit management and fundraising and Lutheran ministry, along with her knowledge of the organization. “We couldn’t have found a more valuable asset than Nancy,” he said. “She has dedicated her career to making a difference for those in need, both in the church and in the world. We welcome her knowledge and experience, and know she’ll make a difference at CLH.”

Ackerman said: “Throughout their history in Southern California, Lutherans have been involved in improving outcomes among the most vulnerable in our population. I look forward to broadening CLH’s collaboration with the many community and church organizations that we work with, including Front Porch, The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation, and congregations of the Southwest California and Pacifica Synods, ELCA.

Ackerman was also an assistant to the bishop of the Southwest California Synod, ELCA, where she oversaw all corporate operations, including fiduciary stewardship, ethical practice, financial management, fund development, governance, board development, policy administration, personnel management, strategic planning and execution, property management, and legal matters.

Most recently, she was a vice president at Netzel Grigsby Associates (NGA), California-based fundraising consultants serving the western United States. She counseled clients across the nonprofit  sector in fundraising and non-profit management. She has specialized skills in donor relations, case development, research, and foundation/grant development.

Prior to her work at NGA, Ackerman was chief advancement officer for the Pasadena Symphony Association, and director of development for Solheim Lutheran Home in Los Angeles.

Her community service also includes board membership on FirstServe Community Services, and president-elect of the Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has also served with the North Central Pennsylvania Dialysis Center; Hillsides; the Lutheran Credit Union of America; Lutheran Planned Giving Partnership of Southern California and Hawaii; and Emmanuel Lutheran Church, North Hollywood. She was Volunteer of the Year in the category of Families with Children for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The Williamsport, Pennsylvania natives holds a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and a certificate in fundraising from UCLA Extension.


California Lutheran Homes Foundation and Community Services is an independent not-for-profit social ministry organization. Founded in 1947, its mission is to provide funding and other assistance for those in need of housing and human services through partnerships with church congregations, community-based organizations, and local agencies. CLH is a member of Lutheran Services in American.


  • Affordable Housing — to families with children, seniors, veterans, and hearing impairments
  • Pre-development loans to affordable housing communities

A sampling of partnerships:

  • The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation to help fund a resource center for youth with foster care in their history
  • OC United to provide housing for youth who are transitioning from the foster care system
  • Johnson Court to fund pre-development loans to housing for veterans
  • Grace Village Apartments to sponsor pre-development capital for senior affordable housing

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