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Catholic Charities announces new executive director

Catholic Charities of Omaha named John J. Griffith as its executive director Sept. 28. Previously, Griffith served as director and chief administrative officer of Access Bank, an entity he co-founded in 2007. Before that, Griffith served in senior leadership positions, including human resources, investor relations, community investment and financial management, at Commercial Federal Bank and Bank of the West. "I am happy to learn that John Griffith has agreed to join us as executive director of Catholic Charities," said Archbishop George J. Lucas. "The work of Catholic Charities is integral to the mission of our archdiocesan church. I look forward to working with John to extend the love of Jesus Christ to our neighbors in need." Throughout his 25-year career, Griffith has been involved with numerous community and not-for-profit organizations, with a focus on empowering and advocating for children and families. He has extensive experience working with organizations that offer affordable housing to low-income families in North and South Omaha. "The citizens of Omaha truly believe in creating a better life for all through active stewardship," Griffith said. "I am excited for the opportunity to become a part of the service community in Omaha and look forward to working with our board, employees, contributors, volunteers and the Omaha community to carry out the vital mission of Catholic Charities."

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