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Leora E. Landmesser Elected to Head NCC Administration and Finance

October 9, 2003, NEW YORK CITY - Leora E. Landmesser Sept. 29 was elected by the National Council of Churches’ Executive Board to serve as the Council’s Associate General Secretary for Administration and Finance. Leora LandmesserMs. Landmesser is a seasoned financial officer with experience in a wide range of organizations, including the United Methodist Church, United Nations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

"We are pleased that management of NCC finances and of administrative matters will be in the hands of a person with such a strong professional background," said NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar. "She also brings a deep understanding of our mission. Her work will strengthen the NCC and thus will help us make a difference for peace, justice and unity."

Before coming to the NCC, Ms. Landmesser was president of Leland International, LLC, a global financial consulting firm that she founded in 1998. Previously she was senior investment officer of The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, serving in that post from 1993-1998.

From 1987 to 1993 she held several positions in the foundation community, the most recent of which were comptroller and director of administration for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and comptroller and director of administration for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Earlier she was a member of the World Division staff of The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries. During more than 16 years with the board, she rose to become the World Division’s assistant treasurer.

Ms. Landmesser is a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Wyckoff, N.J., where she serves on the finance, stewardship and mission committees. Among other volunteer activities, she is a trustee of The Interchurch Center in New York City.

The National Council of Churches is the leading ecumenical organization in the United States. Its 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican member communions (denominations) comprise 50 million adherents in 140,000 local congregations nationwide.

Council programs include education and leadership ministries, Bible translation, interfaith relations, environmental justice, faith and order, church renewal, public policy research and advocacy, research and communication, and work to reduce poverty. The NCC’s 2002-2003 expense budget was $5.7 million.


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