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Regional Management Team


Red Cross Los Angeles Leadership Jarrett Barrios

Jarrett Barrios, Regional CEO

Jarrett Barrios serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. He leads a team of talented humanitarians in building resiliency in LA’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, providing care and comfort to those afflicted by disasters, serving veterans and members of the Armed Forces, and assisting refugees and their families. Prior to Los Angeles, he was the CEO for the Massachusetts Red Cross, where he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence for his leadership in the Boston Marathon bombing response.

Barrios is an honors graduate from Harvard College (AB ’90-’91) and Georgetown Law (’95), practiced law at the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow, then began public service in 1999 as a Massachusetts State Representative for four years, then as a State Senator for five years. In the House, he authored a broad range of legislation from a law to improve emergency room services for immigrants to the creation of a state low-income housing tax credit. In the Senate, he chaired the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee and was the Vice Chair of the Health Care Committee. As a state senator, Barrios led the first comprehensive rewrite of the state fire code in the wake of the Station Nightclub fire, authored the nation’s strongest “buffer zone” legislation to protect women’s health centers, led the passage of a statewide assault weapons ban and gang-prevention legislation, as well as authoring foreclosure prevention bills, consumer data privacy legislation, and laws to protect victims of domestic violence. During this period, he was a Senate leader in the effort to protect marriage equality for gay and lesbian families, helped found the Commonwealth Legislative Seminar to promote diversity and inclusion in state government, and started the Massachusetts statewide Latino political group, Oíste. Upon leaving the legislature, he served as the president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation in Boston, then for GLAAD in New York and Los Angeles.

Currently, Barrios serves as the Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, as a board member of Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. in Boston, and as a Senior Fellow at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy for the Project for Cross-Sector Leadership. Along the way, he has lectured on transnational gang violence in El Salvador, represented the United States in a delegation to Australia with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, counted hanging chads in the disputed presidential election of 2000, toured Mexico to train university students on American political process on behalf of the US State Department, and studied the public health systems and lectured on US health reform in Brazil as an Eisenhower Fellow. He speaks conversational Spanish and Portuguese and some French and Arabic. His passion for humanitarian work and background as a Cuban-American have also led to his lifelong involvement in many efforts to support causes for the disabled and indigent living in Cuba. Read his 2011 article called "People First: The Cuban Travel Ban, Wet Foot-Dry Foot and Why the Executive Branch Can and Should Begin Normalizing Cuban Policy," in the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal.

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 A. Vega, Chief Strategy & External Relations Officer, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region

As president and founder of Navegate, Inc. -- a social equity consulting firm assisting clients in the areas of advocacy, Latino engagement, public affairs, and government relations – the American Red Cross Los Angeles (ARCLA) retained Ms. Vega to develop its inaugural community organizing campaign to increase disaster preparedness and resiliency in L.A.’s most vulnerable communities. Additionally, she increased ARCLA’s profile and relationships with all branches of government and community leaders. Consequently, she joined the executive team as Chief Strategy & External Relations Officer where she currently provides strategic advice to the CEO on community engagement, government relations, crisis management, and public affairs. She also manages the relationships with the largest Latino organizations on behalf of the national headquarters.

Previously, Ms. Vega was a Senior Advocacy Consultant at the Ibarra Strategy Group in Washington, D.C. – a government and public affairs firm where she handled intergovernmental support, external communications, Latino outreach, and political affairs. Before moving to D.C., she served as Executive Director of the Office of the Census 2010 in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In this capacity, she developed a highly successful citywide educational and community outreach campaign to ensure the complete count of L.A. residents. Prior to joining the Mayor's office, Ms. Vega worked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in various positions. In her capacity as a parent and youth organizer, she ensured the construction of two school complexes.

Ms. Vega has dedicated her career to advocating and organizing for social justice issues and enhancing the quality of life for under-served communities. She continues to support several non-profits and advocacy campaigns. She is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow and serves on its selection committee. Additionally, she has participated in visitation programs to South Korea and Mexico. 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 Mexico and raised in Los Angeles where she currently resides.

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Nikki Davis, Senior Director of Community & Volunteer Engagement

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Erin O'Toole, Chief Development Officer

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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 other valuable awareness programs. Jon also works closely with disaster services to ensure the public stays well informed regarding the efforts of the American Red Cross during time of disaster.

With more than 15 years of experience, Jon has helped to develop a number of award winning strategic communications and community outreach programs and strategies for numerous public and private agencies throughout the State of California.

Following years of working in local government, Jon led some of San Diego’s finest public relations agencies and provided communications and public relation services for private, public and non-profit clients.

He then began his state government career, working first on the historical gubernatorial campaign and then, for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as Deputy Director of Constituent Affairs.

He also served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Communications with CalRecycle, part of the California Environmental Protection Agency. In this position, Jon worked to develop marketing and communication programs for some of California’s most important environmental issues.

Most recently, Jon served as the Communications Director to the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board. There, Jon was responsible for all internal and external communications and developed the marketing and communications strategies that helped to raise the profile of the state’s Victim Compensation Program, helping to assist victims of violent crime throughout the state.

Executive Directors


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.

Veronica Garcia Dávalos

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.