Community Program Administrator, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families
Nathan Graeser is a community program administrator for the Center for Innovation and Research for Veteran and Military Families (CIR) at the USC School of Social Work, where he directs the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative and Innovation Fund—a collective-impact group that consists of more than 2,000 different service providers throughout Los Angeles County with over 250 regularly attending monthly meetings. Graeser has served in the U.S. Army National Guard for nearly 17 years, including as a chaplain for combat arms battalion the last five years. Graeser has educated hundreds of service providers on military culture and supporting transition out of the military, developing better community policies as people return home from war. He obtained a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and then a Master of Social Work focusing on military populations at the University of Southern California. Graeser has been recognized for his innovative inclusion of ceremonies for transitioning veterans, as well as his creative and realistic approach to building capacity for communities and mental health providers treating veterans. He serves on numerous local and national boards and was recently recognized by USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the Interreligious Council of Southern California as one of 50 leaders working in the intersection of faith and social change.