Thrivent Member Network - Pacific Sierra Region

Our Leadership Team

Leading Thrivent. Serving Our Membership.

Thrivent is a membership organization of Christians, and our members are our owners. This means our leaders work in the best interest of our membership – not third-party shareholders, like publicly traded companies. It also means that clients with a benefit membership can have a voice in determining who will lead the organization, by voting in the annual election for the Thrivent Financial Board of Directors. As the organization’s supreme governing body, the board focuses on serving the interests of the membership, both now and into the future. The board establishes and promotes Thrivent’s purpose and oversees major business decisions. It also works with leadership to assess and manage risk. Get to know the women and men who are proud to serve on the Thrivent Financial Board of Directors and the executive leadership team by visiting the Governance page on

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Your Thrivent Member Network Board

 The Thrivent Member Network regional board is made up of Thrivent members. The board provides leadership and strategic insights to help carry out Thrivent's mission on a local level. If you’re a member, you can have a voice in making a meaningful choice by voting in the elections for the Thrivent Member Network board. 

Aarika Riddle

Hometown: San Jose, California

Congregation: Grace Lutheran, Palo Alto, CA

The Executive Director of Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream, Riddle wants to take what she’s learned in her development and marketing career to help Thrivent devise new marketing and brand awareness strategies to increase Thrivent’s visibility among all Christian faith communities in the Thrivent Member Network—Pacific Sierra. Riddle has been a lifelong Thrivent member.

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Gary Olson

Hometown: Citrus Heights, California
Congregation: Christ the King Lutheran, Orangeville, CA

A former Thrivent chapter leader, Olson wants to help in the transition to the Thrivent Member Network. A Thrivent member since 1964, Olson is the owner/principal of CMR Consultants, serving the California agricultural industry. He has actively served on a number of church and local boards over the years, and helped introduce the Thrivent Action Team concept in the Sacramento area.

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Vanessa Russell

Hometown: Dublin, California
Congregation: New Hope Christian Fellowship, Hayward, CA

After nearly 18 years in the corporate world, Vanessa is now the Founder and CEO of Love Never Fails, a local nonprofit that addresses anti-human trafficking in the Bay Area. Ms. Russell is also an ordained pastor who wants to fulfill God's calling to empower all people to experience and express their best part of humanity. Vanessa joined the board to expand her network and increase impact in local communities through Thrivent programs and services.

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