ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rachel Lustig, Senior Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) has been nominated by readers and selected by a panel of judges from National Catholic Reporter (NCR) as one of "12 Catholic Women Under 40 Making a Difference." The poll, introduced for the first time this year, appears in the July 7th edition of NCR, which includes its annual Women Today special supplement.
The article highlights Rachel's many accomplishments both inside and outside of her work at CCUSA, one of the nation's largest human services organizations working to reduce poverty in America and providing immediate and long-term disaster response nationwide.
"All of us at CCUSA are extremely proud of this honor for Rachel. She is an indispensable leader and an invaluable ambassador for our organization and our work. She is very deserving of this award, and we are excited that her efforts will now be recognized nationally through the '12 Catholic Women Making a Difference' article," says Rev. Larry Snyder, President and CEO of CCUSA.
Rachel has been a part of CCUSA since 2003, when she joined the organization as Parish Social Ministry Associate. She then served as Director of Parish Social Ministry from 2004-2009 before moving into her current role. She is also very active in the community; she serves on the Peace and Justice Commission for the diocese of Arlington and on the boards of two nonprofits, Friends of Guest House and Beyond Borders. Rachel holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a Master's of Public Administration from George Mason University in Virginia.
Catholic Charities USA's members provide help and create hope for more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. In 2010, Catholic Charities USA celebrated its centennial anniversary.
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