General Spokespersons

Suzy DeFrancis

Suzy DeFrancis

Chief Public Affairs Officer

Suzanne (Suzy) C. DeFrancis oversees all enterprise-wide communications, government relations and strategic partnerships to advance the mission of the American Red Cross.

Previously, DeFrancis served as assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She oversaw all communications and managed the department’s press office, speech and editorial division, web division, and broadcast studio. Before that, she served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president for communications where she developed communications strategy, messaging and planning for a wide range of policy issues. From 1997 to 2002, DeFrancis was senior vice president and director of public affairs at Porter Novelli.

Areas of Expertise

  • Government Relations
  • Disaster Response Communications