Santa Monica Bay

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Welcome to the American Red Cross Santa Monica Bay

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica Bay serves over 340,000 individuals in the communities of Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Mar Visata, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Westchester, Playa del Rey, El Sugundo, Manhattan Beach.

The Chapter was chartered on February 24, 1917 in the city of Santa Monica, with tremendous help and support from the Santa Monica Bay Women's Club.


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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.

Executive Committee

Red Cross Santa Monica Board Member Katharine Carpenter

Katharine 'Posie' Carpenter - Board Chair

Health Care Executive

Red Cross - Santa Monica - Leadership - Dierde Lopez

Deirdre Lopez - Vice Chair

Non-Profit Program Development


Bob Ackerman - Vice Chair

Partner, Corleto, Ackerman and Nussbaum, LLP


Ryan Iwamoto - Secretary

Owner, 24Hr HomeCare


Adam Ackerman

Adam Ackerman

Associate, O’Melveny & Myers, LLP

Red Cross - Santa Monica - Leadership - Wayne Blank

Wayne Blank

Owner, Shoshana Wayne Gallery at Bergamot Station

Lindsay Barker

Lindsay Barker

Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Santa Monica

George G. Butts

George G. Butts

V. P. and Program Manager, Manhattan Beach C.E.R.T. Association, Inc.

Bret Carter

Bret Carter

Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Hart, Batters & Carter

John B. Catoe

John B. Catoe

Crystal Chen

Crystal Chen

Corporate Controller, WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, LLC.

Santa Monica - Leadership - William Dunne

William Dunne

Administrative Director, Emergency Preparedness, Safety Services, UCLA Health

Robert Holbrook

Robert Holbrook

Former Member, Santa Monica City Council

Joe Kahle

Joe Kahle

Director of Sales North America, Zoo Digital, Global Media Distribution

Nathan Smithson headshot - Santa Monica Chapter American Red Cross

Nathan Smithson

Marketing & Sales Manager, Pacific Park – Santa Monica Pier

Edward Story

Edward Story

Santa Monica Airport Association