Staff Spotlight

Connie Phillips 

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest is pleased to announce that Connie Phillips will become the next President and CEO as of Feb. 2. Connie previously was Executive Vice President of the Arizona Nonprofit Alliance. She has more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience, working in the fields of mental health, child welfare, and domestic violence. She is a former Executive Director of Sojourner Center, one of the largest domestic violence programs in the country.

"It is with humility and a great deal of excitement that I prepare to step into the role of CEO at Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest," stated Phillips. "I have long been familiar with Lutheran Social Services as a voice for those who have no voice and a champion for social justice. At this critical time in our state, our work becomes even more important to those who depend upon us. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve, and I look forward to joining with staff, board, and volunteers to demonstrate God's love through meeting the needs of people in our communities."

We extend a big thank you to Bob Duea for stepping in as our interim President and CEO these past six months. He has provided the capable leadership our organization needed while our board searched for a permanent new leader. We are indebted to Bob for his expert and wise counsel both in overseeing day-to-day operations and in evaluating candidates.