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LSSNCA Announces Nikki Salzman as Chief Development Officer


LSSNCA Announces New Chief Development Officer 

Nikki Salzman Joins as LSSNCA CDO from HIAS 

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2024) – Lutheran Social Services of National Capital Area (LSSNCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nikki Salzman as its Chief Development Officer. With a distinguished career in nonprofit fundraising and communications, and a steadfast dedication to advancing the work of welcome for forcibly displaced persons, Nikki brings invaluable experience to LSSNCA. 

Nikki Salzman joins LSSNCA following her role as director of major gifts at HIAS, a global organization that serves refugees, asylum-seekers, and other forcibly displaced persons, where she successfully managed a diverse multi-million dollar portfolio of major donors nationwide. Her leadership in team development, donor stewardship, and strategic program oversight has consistently driven substantial outcomes. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Nikki Salzman as our new Chief Development Officer," said Kristyn Peck, CEO of LSSNCA. "Her commitment to creating welcoming communities to provide safety and belonging to persons forced to flee their homes aligns with LSSNCA’s mission. Nikki will play a pivotal role in securing LSSNCA’s sustainability to be resilient to political and economic uncertainties, allowing it to expand programs, partnerships, and advocacy to address the changing needs of those we serve." 

In her new role, Nikki will lead LSSNCA's fundraising efforts, focusing on expanding resources to support critical programs and human services. 

Please join us in welcoming Nikki to LSSNCA. Her expertise and leadership will drive our organization to new heights of impact. 


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About Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA):  

Since 1917, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA), a human services and immigration relief and refugee welcome agency, has accompanied those in need throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. to foster resiliency, self-sufficiency, and access to opportunities. We provide services that last beyond just the initial arrival families, youth, children, and individuals rebuilding their lives in the D.C. metro area. 

Motivated daily by our belief in the inherent dignity of all, LSSNCA’s innovative participant-informed programs serve refugees, forced migrants, immigrants, children and youth, and underserved communities by filling in the gaps. Piloting initiatives like the area’s first camp for kids impacted by the HIV/AIDS crisis, originating local pro se asylum workshops for Afghan Allies, launching a Resource Center to serve as a community hub for all recently arrived program participants, and offering myriad trauma-informed mental health support services, LSSNCA strives to create an inclusive community of well-being where people thrive.