LSS Appoints its First Chief Development Officer

Lutheran Social Services announced Jennifer Barrett as the agency’s first Chief Development Officer. Barrett started her new role in September 2022.

Barrett brings more than 10 years of nonprofit leadership experience to the new role. Her responsibilities include overseeing LSS’ fundraising and communications strategies as well as building strategic partnerships that advance the LSS mission.

Jennifer Barrett was promoted to LSS’ first chief development officer. She started her role in September 2022.

“We’re so happy to celebrate Jennifer, and her promotion…[she] has shown great commitment to the LSS mission of empowering our communities through compassionate service” President and CEO Bill Brim states. “Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for LSS and congratulations!”


Barrett began her LSS career in July 2013, as a Refugee Services data specialist. Over the years, Barrett rose through the ranks as the nonprofit’s Development Manager (January 2014 to January 2021) and Director of Development (January 2021 to September 2022). 

“I am so fortunate to call LSS my second home,” Barrett said. “It is a place where I have been allowed to learn, explore and grow. That’s a rare gift in this world and I treasure it and my LSS family.”

Some of her many career highlights include helping to increase LSS fundraising by 150% in fiscal year 2022; and establishing the LSS Leadership Council with acclaimed concert pianist and philanthropist Christopher Kuo. 

Earlier in her career, Jennifer has worked as a teacher in the Duval County Public School system and as an administrative assistant for United Way of Northeast Florida. 

Barrett was also a founding member of the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville, established in 2016. Currently, Barrett serves as the nonprofit’s treasurer and plays cello in the orchestra’s string section.

Learn more about Lutheran Social Services, the importance of our work and how to get involved at lssjax.org.

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This article was written by Kelli Urbanek; to contact the author, email her at kelli.urbanek@lssjax.org.

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