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Regional Management Team

Leadership

Red Cross Los Angeles Leadership Jarrett Barrios

Jarrett Barrios, Regional CEO

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David Englin

David Englin, Chief Operating Officer, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region

David Englin is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has 20 years of diverse leadership experience in the military, political, business, and non-profit sectors.

As an Air Force officer, David worked to bridge military families with local businesses and organizations. He was on duty inside the Pentagon during the September 11th attacks and deployed overseas as chief of public affairs for the 16th Air Expeditionary Wing conducting peacekeeping operations in the Balkans. Before honorably separating from the Air Force in 2004, he directed a service-wide program to assist families and civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve airmen.

David worked as a state legislator in the Virginia House of Delegates, and earned the reputation as a strong advocate for marginalized communities. His major legislative accomplishments included: securing equal rights in hospital visitation for the LGBT community, banning smoking in restaurants and bars, and launching the public-private partnership that created an Advance Health Care Directives Registry at no cost to taxpayers.

Serving as Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles County Business Federation, David helped lead a diverse alliance of more than 275,000 businesses. This alliance consisted of chambers of commerce trade associations, minority business groups, and corporate investors and represented 3 -million employees throughout Southern California. As the senior executive after the CEO, he provided the leadership necessary to meet the public policy, educational and advocacy needs of the Los Angeles County business community.

His life-long interest in being prepared began early, when he joined the Eagle Scouts. David and his wife Shayna have one son, Caleb, and two dogs, Brut and Sarge.


Red Cross Los Angeles Leadership Joselito Garcia Ruiz

Joselito Garcia-Ruiz, Regional Disaster Program Officer, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region

Joselito Garcia-Ruiz is the Regional Disaster Program Officer (RDPO) responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities for the 272 communities served by the Red Cross Los Angeles Region.

Prior to joining the L.A. Region in May 2014, Joselito served as the RDPO for the Red Cross Raleigh/Durham Region in North Carolina and on the American Red Cross Disaster National Advisory Council. With more than 20 years of professional Red Cross national and international disaster management experience, Joselito has worked in various Red Cross disaster service capacities in Texas, Puerto Rico and Massachusetts. Internationally, he has worked in El Salvador and Zimbabwe with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and has trained facilitators from the Caribbean to Cuba and Mexico. He began his Red Cross career as the Director of Volunteer Services at the Puerto Rico Chapter.

Joselito is a collaborative relationship builder with local government and emergency management agencies and is dedicated to the recruitment and development of volunteer staff, as well as increasing capacity and service delivery and serving the most vulnerable communities.

Joselito was born in New York and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and also obtained an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Technology from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus (Magna Cum Laude) and a Bachelor’s in Health Service Administration (Cum Laude).


Norma Vega, Director of Government and Community Affairs

Norma Vega, Director of Government and Community Affairs

Norma oversees the Community Ambassador Program, as well as the L.A. Region's relationships with elected city and state officials. Focusing on vulnerable communities within the Prepare LA program, she engages community support and engagement in the Red Cross resiliency-building efforts.

Norma previously served as Senior Vice President for Scholarships and Programs at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in Los Angeles and Executive Director of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute (HSFI) in Washington, DC, where she restructured and oversaw all operations and management of four departments, and effectively expanded the scholarship eligibility to include Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.

Prior to joining HSF, Norma worked in Washington, DC as a Senior Advocacy Consultant at the Ibarra Strategy Group – a government and public affairs firm where she handled intergovernmental support, external communications, Latino outreach, and political affairs.

Before moving to DC, Ms. Vega served as Executive Director of the Office of the Census 2010 in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Previously, she worked in the Mayor’s office as Area Director, serving as liaison to the community, civic groups, and city departments.

She began her career at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as a paralegal. Later as the Belmont Parent School Partnership Director, she organized parents to ensure the construction of a much-needed high school and a joint-use park.

She serves on many boards, including the inaugural board of trustees of the American Latino Heritage Fund – a fund of the National Park Foundation established by U. S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Ms. Vega graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles.


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Nikki Davis, Senior Director of Community & Volunteer Engagement


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Jon Myers, Regional Director of Communications

Jon Myers develops and implements the communications strategy for the Red Cross’ Los Angeles Region. By telling the Red Cross story, he helps to engage communities and educate the public regarding preparedness, safety, and valuable programs. Jon also works closely with disaster services to ensure the public is well informed regarding Red Cross efforts if and when disaster strikes. With more than 15 years’ experience working in the public and private sector, Jon has helped develop a number of award winning outreach and communication strategies.

Jon joined the Red Cross following 12 years working in California government, most recently as the Communications Director to the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board. Jon was responsible for all internal and external communications and developed the organizations marketing communications’ strategies that helped raise the profile of the state’s Victim Compensation Program, assisting victims of violent crime throughout the state.

He also served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Communications with CalRecycle, part of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Jon helped developed marketing and communication programs for some of California’s most significant environmental issues.

Jon began his state government career working for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Deputy Director of Constituent Affairs following his time working on the historical gubernatorial campaign. He lead some of San Diego’s finest public relations agencies providing communications and public relation services for a variety of business, government and non-profit clients following years of working in local government.

Jon joined the Red Cross following 12 years working in California government, most recently as the Communications Director to the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board. Jon was responsible for all internal and external communications and developed the organizations marketing communications’ strategies that helped raise the profile of the state’s Victim Compensation Program, assisting victims of violent crime throughout the state.

He also served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Communications with CalRecycle, part of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Jon helped developed marketing and communication programs for some of California’s most significant environmental issues.

Jon began his state government career working for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Deputy Director of Constituent Affairs following his time working on the historical gubernatorial campaign. He also helped lead some of San Diego’s finest public relations agencies providing communications and public relation services for a variety of business, government and non-profit clients following years of working in local government.


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Nancy Rodriquez, Director of Operations

After holding administrative positions at Galpin Motors, UCLA, Sidley Austin and Pulte Corp, in 2007, Nancy Rodriguez joined the American Red Cross as a member of the disaster cycle services team. She quickly rose through the ranks, and then transitioned to focus on government contracts administration. With her efforts, the government grant program became one of the largest and most successful in nation. This directly impacted the region, increasing our ability to respond to major catastrophic events. On multiple occasions, Nancy was deployed for disaster relief operations in a public affairs capacity. She is inspired by experiencing the Red Cross mission in action and enjoys using her adaptability to match the dynamic environment of non-profit business operations. Currently, her regional operations team supports finance, HR, professional development, training, systems, and change management. Nancy, a UCLA Alumni and Bruin at heart, also holds an MSPA degree from Cal State Los Angeles.


Executive Directors

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Margaret Arbini Madonna, Executive Director, Greater Long Beach, Rio Hondo and South Bay Chapter

Margaret Arbini Madonna has been with the American Red Cross for 11 years, serving as Public Support Officer, Financial Development Officer and Executive Director for the Greater Long Beach, Rio Hondo and South Bay area. She is a trained Red Cross Public Information Officer and has served on numerous Red Cross disaster assignments throughout the country including tornadoes, transportation accidents, large fires and urban floods. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Margaret spent 25 years in the publishing industry working on newspapers and magazines, including a stint for the International Journalism Foundation in Quito, Ecuador. She is fluent in Spanish. Margaret proudly serves the 44 communities in the southeast section of Los Angeles County and is a member of the Rotary Club and various chambers of commerce throughout the area.


Raul Claros, Executive Director, Northern Valleys Chapter

Raul Claros, Executive Director, Northern Valleys Chapter

Raul Claros is the Executive Director for the Northern Valleys Chapter of the American Red Cross. His new found passion for the work of the American Red Cross has led him to join the ARC team, full-time. For over a decade, Raul Claros has served the Los Angeles area as a classroom teacher, community organizer, non-profit director and government liaison (both the state level with the California State Assembly and city level with the City of Los Angeles). Developing and executing a sustainable resiliency plan for the community of Van Nuys, the neighboring communities of Pacoima, San Fernando City and beyond, is Raul's primary vision as the new Executive Director of the Northern Valleys Chapter. His commitment to ARC's mission, as well as his understanding of the Prep LA campaign, is demonstrated in his 90 - day plan for the Northern Valleys. This plan includes ambitious, yet attainable fundraising goals, a detailed volunteer recruitment strategy, and continued development of existing partnerships with government entities and community based organizations. With Raul's work experience in organizing diverse communities, he plans on quickly establishing a high functioning working relationship with the Board of Directors of the Northern Valleys Chapter and the ARC leadership team.


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Veronica Garcia Dávalos, Executive Director, San Gabriel Valley Pomona Chapter

Veronica Garcia Dávalos has devoted her entire career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining the American Red Cross,she served as Vice President of Advocacy and Community Engagement for the Greater Los Angeles Habitat for Humanity. She directed several capital campaigns as Vice President of Netzel Grisby, and has held executive positions at MoLAA, TELACU Education Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, KCET and the Boys Scouts of America. Veronica is the President of Leadership Long Beach, a board member of Long Beach Non Profit Partnership, a member of Long Beach Rotary Club, and the co-founder of the United Latino Fund and National Latina Alliance. She also serves on the Habitat for Humanity International’s U.S. Council Advocacy Committee. Veronica was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California and has been a resident of Long Beach for more than 20 years. She has three children and six grandchildren.


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Julie Thomas, Executive Director, Santa Monica Bay Chapter

Julie Thomas began her non-profit career in 1978 and has worked for three national non-profit organizations: the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. Julie has been the Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica Bay since October, 2012.

Julie served as Board Chair of two different California workplace giving organizations – the National Voluntary Health Association (NVHA) and Community Health Charities (CHC). She led the NVHA board through its merger with CHC in California – a year before the organizations merged at the national level. Born in Detroit, Julie attended Wayne State University, received her degree in Communications and English Literature. She is an avid reader, movie goer and loves to travel. Julie lives with her husband Richard Thomas in the Westwood neighbor of Los Angeles, California.