Janet Napolitano, who has served as the secretary of homeland security since the start of the Obama administration in 2009, has been a great friend to the American Red Cross.
She has just announced that she is stepping down from her post to become president of the University of California system.
President Obama could not have said it better in his statement today: “She’s worked around the clock to respond to natural disasters, from the Joplin tornado to Hurricane Sandy, helping Americans recover and rebuild.”
Last November, Ms. Napolitano visited hard-hit Staten Island, not once, but several times in the weeks after Sandy devastated the East Coast. Napolitano spoke with those affected and toured recovery centers, including the Red Cross/National Guard distribution center at Miller Field.
On Nov. 15, Napolitano and Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern stopped at Greater New York Regional headquarters in Manhattan to thank volunteers and employees for their dedication and hard work bringing hope and healing to those affected by Sandy.
Previously, Napolitano lent her voice to Red Cross and OEM preparedness efforts in New York City.
We applaud Napolitano for her years of service as homeland security secretary and her unwavering support of the American Red Cross and its mission of helping people prepare for and respond to disaster.