Nathan L. Graeser



University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA                 Doctorate in Social Work (5/2018)

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA                    Masters in Social Work (5/2013)

Community Organizing & Planning Administration/Military Concentration

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA                                          Master in Divinity (6/2011)

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN                                            B.S. in Policy Analysis (5/2005)



USC Civic Engagement Future50 Leader (2014)

Army Commendation Medal (2015, 2017)  

Meritory Service Medal (2018)

USC Social Work Innovation and Leadership Award (2013)  

Honorary Commander LA Air Force Base (2016)

Angels of LA Service Award (2016)



U.S. Army National Guard, 79th Infantry Brigade, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo       (1/2018-12/2018)

Multi-National Battle Group East Chaplain                                                         

  • Facilitate Key Leader Engagements with diverse faith leaders across Kosovo, hosting interfaith dialogues, gaging atmospherics and building lasting relationships.

  • Oversee battalion chaplains, coordinate religious support and facilitate NATO interoperability.

  • Provide counseling, crisis intervention, and religious support for 781 U.S. soldiers across Kosovo.


USC School of Social Work, Center for Innovation and Research (CIR)            (10/2016-12/2017)

Policy Administrator                                                                                            

  • Led an interagency/interdepartmental USC policy-working group to improve government infrastructure for transiting service-members in California to produce advocacy efforts in state capital around CalVet, Veterans Resources Centers and the Dept of Veteran Affairs.

  • Hosted a state-wide conference with 250 practitioners and educators to produce a white paper for making California a better place for service-members.

  • Guide policy analysis courses, plan school-wide seminars on policy issues related to systemic challenges on violence, advocacy and peace and conflict. 


USC Center for Innovation and Research for Veteran and Military Families (CIR)

Community Program Administrator                                                   (5/2015-10/2016)                  

  • Lead and manage a team of seven to lead operations for the largest Veterans Collaborative in the country consisting of over 2200 members, 450 partners and service organizations working to improve the lives of Veterans and their families across Los Angeles County.

  • Facilitated 18 co-chairs and four key staff in administration, communication and organization of collaborative members toward strategic goals outlined in State of American Veteran Study.

  • Developed and implemented an Innovation Fund of over 250k dedicated to seeding new ideas in the community around outreach, mental health and access.


USC Center for Innovation and Research for Veteran and Military Families        (9/2012-5/2015)

Community Liaison/Analyst                                                                                                           

  • Directly planning Veteran outreach and education for USC veteran hiring event with over 300 veterans and 26 employers through-out Los Angeles county resulting in 20% hire rate.

  • Serve on veteran advisory boards for City of Los Angeles, LA Homeless Count, LA Veterans Day  Celebration, Habitat for Humanity LA, CA Statewide Veteran Collaborative.

  • Developed and oversaw text outreach program with 211LA to successfully connect over 270 veterans to services via Vet2text pilot program to evaluate outreach.


U.S. Army National Guard, 1-144th Field Artillery Battalion, Burbank               (8/2008-12/2017)

Battalion Chaplain

  • Oversee Command Master Religious plan for Battalion Commander managing budget of 670K for soldiers with suicidal ideation, family trauma and mental health disorders.

  • Provide support e.g. grief counseling, crisis intervention and community resources to soldiers, families and their loved ones for over 450 soldiers.

  • Provide individual counseling for soldiers facing issues related to deployment and emotional strain.

  • Developed rituals and ceremonies to assist families and soldiers in integration for returning service - members


The SOLD Project, Chiang Rai, Thailand                                                       (6/2008-9/2010)

Co-Director (In-Country)

  • Oversaw development and construction of 6,000 sq. foot resource center over six month period.

  • Developed, organized and implemented on-ground program for 55 children and local schools.

  • Managed logistics for travel, daily programing, and education for 12 tours of 10-20 students.

  • Supervised staff and developed programing for after school program


U.S. Army National Guard, 76 Infantry Brigade Indianapolis, IN                     (/2000-8/2008)

Intelligence Analyst Section Staff Sergeant

  • Managed section of 8 people to collect information for planning and operations.

  • Prepared and briefed General Officer daily summarizing thousands of data sources to make recommendations on courses of action.

STF Church International, Indianapolis, IN                                                     (6/2005-6/2008)

Community Operations Director

  • Directly managed 120 chapters in accordance with denominational requirements.

  • Fundraised over $160,000 for individual service projects and actively managed its disbursement.

  • Wrote and developed training manuals and guides for leaders.

  • Lead and developed quarterly and yearly leadership training event for 75 leaders.



LAPD Violence Prevention/Community integration                                                                  

Faculty/ Trainer                                                                                                (9/2017-12/2017)

  • Provided training to LAPD district officers to be more receptive of communities and sensitive to issues related to military service and diversity.


Mental Health Academy, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health     (9/2013-Present)

Faculty/ Trainer

  • Provided training to over 400 clergy on monthly basis as part of an innovative mental health outreach designed to equip faith and community leaders with the basics of mental health first aid and awareness.


Beit T’Shuvah Addiction Center, Culver City                                                 (9/2011-9/2015)

Therapist/Clinical Advisor

  • Provided weekly individual therapy for 25 diverse clients suffering from homelessness, alcohol, drugs, sex and gambling addictions.

  • Facilitated anger management groups twice a week for clients facing violent criminal charges and struggling to deal with emotions.

  • Co-facilitated a multi-family support group fostering dialogue and process the affects of addition.


Pendleton Maximum Security Prison, Pendleton, IN                                        (1/2005-5/2007)

Prison Chaplain (Volunteer)

  • Facilitated weekly small groups with 8 veteran prisoners around spirituality, wholeness and  reintegration.

  • Met weekly with prisoners to encourage, teach and provide support for reintegration.

  • Led services and trained first prisoner led protestant service in prison history



Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Problem Solving Therapy (PST), Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST Trainer), FEMA



Los Angeles Regional Community Veteran Engagement Board (2016-17)

Los Angeles County Faith Advisory Council (2015-17)

PsychArmor Clinical/Faith Advisory Board (2016-2019)

Leadership Pasadena Board (2018-2019)



Roberta Deutch Foundation (Co-PI)                     $50,000 (2 years)                     (2018)

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust (PI)           $200,000 (2 years)                 (2016-2017)

Maurice Amado Family Foundation (Co-PI)              $10,000 (3 years)                 (2016-2018)

Blue Shield Foundation                                       $100,000 (2 years)                    (2016)

Newman’s Own Foundation                                $100,000                                    (2016)


Graeser, N., Clifford, P. (2017) Building Responsive Communities: Organizing and Evaluating for Successful Military Transitions

Graeser, N. Military Cultural Competency: Competent clinical care for those who've served. Presentation at the 2016 UCLA Integrated Care Conference in Palos Verdes, CA

Graeser, N. Keys to Successful transition. Presented at CAARNG Yellow Ribbon Post 30 and 90 day events (February, May 2017)

Graeser, N. Nash, B. Presented on The role of community in national webinar for Almost Sunrise, a documentary on a veterans recovery from an attempted suicide. (April 2017)

Mitchell, M, Graeser N, Cushing, L, Mack, A, Mitchell. Healing Veterans with Expressive Arts Therapy. Loyola Maramount University (March 2017)

Graeser, N. Moral Injury and Working with Soldiers. Presented for first responders at National Veterans Foundation (March 2017)

Mitchell, M, Graeser N, Reyes, V, Zenner, J. What Deacons can do to help Families & Veterans. Loyola Maramount University (June 2017)

Graeser, N, Southard, M. Over-Managed and Under-Led: Leadership in Community Collaborations. Presented at 2017 annual meeting of National Social Work Managers in New York, NY.

National Association of Social Work Managers. (2016). Creating Innovation: Using pilots to guide collective impact efforts

St Joseph Hospital Mental Health and Faith Consortium (2016). Spiritual Healing and Moral Injury

Mitchell, M, Gellis, R Graeser N. Veterans Homecoming: the house, the home, the heart"

at Loyola Maramount University, (November 2016)

Graeser, N., Clifford, P. (2015) American Evaluation Association. Best Principles for Collaboration and Evaluation

LA Fire Department/Police Department Leadership Academy (2015) Leadership in Times of Chaos

VA Veteran Economic Community Initiative (VECI) National Summit (2015) Data to Action: Recommendations for Communities and Policies

Orange County Mental Health Symposium Keynote (2015): Leadership in Collaborative Environments

Bruening, M., Graeser, N. (2015) Building Capacity: An Interdisciplinary Approach Towards Healing the Moral Injury of War

Graeser, N., Clifford, P. American Evaluation Association (2014). Evaluation and Community Collaborations



Graeser, N. (2017) Religious Life in the military. In E. Weiss & C. A. Castro (Eds), American Military Life in the 21st Century: Social, Cultural, Economic Issues and Trends.

Graeser, N., Castro, C (2017) Call to Action: Making California more military and Veteran friendly. CIR Policy Brief.

Graeser, N. American Evaluation Blog (2016): Innovation and Evaluation: How a community fosters innovation

Graeser, N., Colleto, G. (2014) More Than a House: Ending Veteran Homelessness by Addressing Failed Transition Policies. CIR Policy Brief.

Graeser, N., Clifford, P. (2015) Navigating the 'Sea of Goodwill: Lessons from Regional Veterans Collaboratives. Journal of Community Practice.

Wilkins. J., Hassan, A., Kim, A, Graeser, N. (2014) Virtual Patient Training of Motivational Interviewing Clinical Skills. Simulation in Healthcare