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American Red Cross Announces New Idaho CEO

I am deeply honored to be returning to the American Red Cross. --Sirak Irwin

Pat Waller, Chairman of the Board of the Red Cross of Greater Idaho, announced today the appointment of Nicole Sirak Irwin as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. “The Board of Directors and staff of the Red Cross are thrilled to add a nonprofit professional of Nicole’s caliber to our team,” said Waller. “She brings years of experience, in a variety of roles both national and international, to our organization and a great sense of professionalism and energy.”

Since 2007, Sirak Irwin has been the Executive Director of the Family Advocates, an agency that provides programs that keep children who are abused or neglected safe, while partnering with parents to build strong families. In her 16 years of nonprofit service, Nicole has raised more than $10 M in funding for small community organizations and as a Major Gift Officer for American Red Cross International Programs and OXFAM America. A graduate of the University of Montana, Nicole moved to Idaho in 2006 after working in the Balkans for the American Red Cross.

“I am deeply honored to be returning to the American Red Cross. Working in the child protection field for the last six years, I know the value of caring people," said Sirak Irwin. “The power of volunteers mobilizing to make our community safe is at the core of values of the Red Cross. I look forward to continuing to make sure that our communities’ most vulnerable children and families are protected from disaster with thoughtful prevention and immediate intervention.”