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Red Cross Names Executive Director for Northeast Iowa Chapter

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“As a Dubuque native, Nicole brings a rich knowledge of the northeast Iowa community."

The American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa has named Nicole Breitbach as the new Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Chapter.
Based in Dubuque, Breitbach will lead the Northeast Iowa Chapter which serves 17 counties in northeast Iowa, including Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Jackson, Jones, Mitchell, Winneshiek and Worth counties
“We are delighted to have Nicole as a part of our Iowa Region management team,” said Leslie Schaffer, Regional Executive Director for the Iowa Region of the Red Cross. “As a Dubuque native, Nicole brings a rich knowledge of the northeast Iowa community, a wealth of experience in fundraising as well as volunteer and event management.”
Her passion for non-profits began while she was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa. While in school Breitbach worked for the University of Iowa Foundation, as a student fundraiser and supervisor. She also held an internship with the Grant Wood Chapter (now named South and Eastern Iowa) of the Red Cross in Cedar Rapids.
After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication with focuses on International Business and Spanish, Breitbach began working for Cedar Rapids based Ruffalo Noel Levitz. At RNL, she worked with telephone fundraising campaigns for various Catholic Charities and eventually relocated back to Dubuque to manage the telephone outreach campaigns for Clarke and Holy Family Catholic Schools.  From there, she eventually accepted a full-time fundraising position at Clarke overseeing telephone and direct mail programming. 
Breitbach was promoted to Director of Alumni Relations at Clarke in 2013, where she managed the Alumni Association Board of Directors and over 100 volunteers annually for 30 annual events, as well as homecoming. Most recently she held the position of Development Officer at Clarke, and was responsible for managing relationships with a portfolio of dedicated Clarke supporters.  
She completed her Master’s in Business Administration at Clarke in May of 2015.  A native of Dubuque, she is an active community member, participating in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women’s Leadership Network, Women’s Giving Circle, and as a board member for the Riverview Center.  
“I am very excited to join the Northeast Iowa Chapter team,” Breitbach said. “I am looking forward to working in communities across northeast Iowa to advance the mission of the American Red Cross.”  

Breitbach and her husband Tyler, also a Dubuque native, have two daughters, Austin and Dylan. 
She will begin working with the Red Cross in September at the Northeast Iowa Chapter office located in Dubuque (563) 564-4565.