Greater Los Angeles Chapter

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Welcome to the American Red Cross of Los Angeles

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region serves nearly 10 million people in 88 cities within Los Angeles County. We also serve Inyo and Mono Counties and the eastern third of Kern County. We are dedicated to helping victims of disaster and providing programs and services that help our community prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

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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 providing care and comfort to those afflicted by disasters, serving veterans and members of the Armed Forces, and assisting refugees and their families. Using his background in health policy, he led the development of Prepare LA and its “through-line” of identifying and investing in LA’s most disaster-vulnerable communities to build a more resilient Los Angeles. His work in LA builds on his prior role as the chief executive of the Massachusetts Red Cross where, for his transformational leadership, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in 2014. Now, he speaks locally and nationally on Prepare LA and its successes.

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. While a senator, Barrios oversaw the first rewrite of the Massachusetts fire code since the 1942 Cocoanut Grove Fire, led passage of the nation’s strongest “buffer zone” legislation, authored a comprehensive assault weapons ban law, as well as foreclosure prevention and consumer data privacy legislation and laws to protect victims of domestic violence. During this period, he was a key leader in the effort to protect marriage equality for gay and lesbian families in the Commonwealth and helped found the Massachusetts statewide Latino political group, Oíste. Upon leaving the legislature, he served as the president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, then as CEO of GLAAD.

Outside of the Red Cross, he currently serves as the vice-chair of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission , the co-chair of the Los Angeles Steering Committee for the Eisenhower Fellows and on the Board of Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. Along the way, he has lectured on transnational gang violence in El Salvador, 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 U.S. health reform in Brazil (in Portuguese). And, in 2017, Barrios hiked the full length of the famed Camino de Santiago in Spain. He is a 2014 inaugural Cross Sector Leadership Fellow in partnership with the White House Office on Social Innovation. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and is learning Arabic. And, for twenty years, Barrios has engaged in licensed humanitarian efforts in Cuba.

Jarret Barrios has two children, Javier, 24, and Nathaniel, 21.


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.

Nikki Davis, Senior Director of Community & Volunteer Engagement


jon myers

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