Lutheran Social Service names new associate VP of HR management  

Courtesy of Lutheran Social Service Miata Getaweh

Miata Getaweh has been named associate vice president of Human Resources Management for St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), among the largest human service organizations in Minnesota. 

In this new role within the organization, Getaweh will provide leadership in a variety of areas, including staffing and employment, compensation and benefits, employee relations, training and development. 

She will also work with leaders across the organization to develop and implement strategies that drive operational excellence and organization effectiveness.   

“I am excited to serve in this new role and be part of an organization where HR has a strategic seat at the table,” Getaweh said. “I have been drawn to organizations that value their employees throughout my career, and I am grateful that LSS is one such organization. 

“The organization’s commitment to creating an employee-centered culture, professional development, and meaningful work is exemplary. I look forward to helping strategically position LSS as an employer of choice in this competitive labor market.”

Getaweh joined Lutheran Social Service as a human resources manager in 2019. Previously, she served as the director of human resources at Accessibility, an organization based in Minneapolis that provides work opportunities for people with disabilities. 

Early in her career, she was a human resources generalist before becoming the human resources manager for Care on Wheels Homecare in Brooklyn Center. 

“Miata brings a wealth of experience in the HR field from her previous roles with other organizations,” said Joyce Norals, vice president of human resources. 

“She excels in management coaching, staff training, employment law and employee relations. She also serves as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis teaching graduate students. We are thrilled that she is taking on this new leadership role within our organization.”

Getaweh is also one of the founders and lead organizers of the African Immigrant Professional Development Conference that brings together African immigrants and employers to create networking and employment opportunities. In addition, she serves in a leadership role on the Pan African Employee Resource Group within Lutheran Social Service.

Getaweh earned her doctor of business administration degree and her master of business administration degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and a bachelor of arts degree in business from Bethel University in Roseville. She and her family live in Coon Rapids.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. Today, with 2,500 employees and 10,000 volunteers, Lutheran Social Service helps one in 65 Minnesotans through its services.

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