Teresa Rasmussen took the top spot at Thrivent after years in the legal profession. She started her legal career in 1984, when she worked as a trial attorney in the tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She later rose through the ranks at American Express and Ameriprise Financial. In 2005, Rasmussen joined Thrivent, where she’s worked as general counsel, secretary, and senior vice president. She became president in 2015 and added CEO to her title in late 2018. The first CEO in the organization’s history, Rasmussen also sits on Thrivent’s executive steering committee, which is helping make decisions about the company’s new $125 million headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.