Geri Derbyshire has been named Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. In this position, Derbyshire will develop annual and multi-year development strategies for both states and lead the regional development team to raise vital funds to support the humanitarian services that the Red Cross performs in Connecticut, Rhode Island and across the nation.
“We are excited to have Geri on our team,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno. “She brings strong experience to our organization and has already shown in her time with us to have a strong commitment to our humanitarian mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering.”
Derbyshire has more twenty years of experience in fundraising and development management. Prior to this new role, Derbyshire was Director of Major Gifts for Fairfield University, where she led a team of fundraisers to raise major gifts for scholarships and programmatic initiatives. Before joining Fairfield, Derbyshire was Associate Vice President of Individual Giving at Save the Children, where she was part of the senior fundraising management team involved in completing a $400 million comprehensive campaign and raising millions for Save the Children’s relief efforts for the 2004 Tsunami. Prior to this position, Derbyshire was Director of Gift Planning and Marketing at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she raised millions for cancer research. She also served as a grants manager and fundraiser for the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City.
“The American Red Cross does powerful, life changing work – done almost entirely by volunteers – in helping people and communities prepare for and recover from disasters,” Derbyshire said. “I look forward to helping support this work and strengthening the capacity of the Red Cross to help when neighbors need us.”
Derbyshire, who graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno, began her career at Deloitte and received her CPA license before relocating to the East Coast.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.