President's Message

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David Duea

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces,
I would still plant my apple tree.”      -  Martin Luther

I am honored to join the team at Lutheran Community Services Northwest. This agency’s outstanding Board of Directors, staff and volunteers have been providing health, justice and hope to thousands of individuals and families in communities across the Northwest. I now have the exciting and humbling task of joining this effort.

Lutheran Community Services Northwest has been planting apple trees in many forms of compassionate care for nearly 100 years. I’m looking forward to applying my Lutheran service heritage, professional experience, energy and passion to carrying out the mission of this amazing organization.

My immediate focus will be on cultivating relationships, empowering leaders and achieving a successful leadership transition. My long-term focus will be to lead the organization to the next level of health, justice and hope for those we serve.

I look forward to meeting with our staff and volunteers, and reaching out to connect with our supporters and community partners, as I visit each of our offices in Washington, Oregon and Idaho in the coming months.

I especially want to extend my thanks to Roberta Nestaas for her years of dedicated service, and to everyone who has made me feel so welcome during this transition.


David Duea

David Duea joined Lutheran Community Services Northwest as President/CEO on July 1, 2014.
David comes to our agency from HopeSparks Family Services in Tacoma, where he had been CEO since 2001. He has served in the non-profit human services field since graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 1989 and has extensive experience with services focusing on the needs of youth and families. His Lutheran and social ministry roots run deep – his father, Bob Duea, was Executive Director of Lutheran Family Service of Oregon in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and later worked for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

David and his family make their home in Gig Harbor, Washington.