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American Red Cross Announces New Local Executive Director

Minnesota Red Cross Executive Director Leah Pockrandt
We’re very excited to have Leah join our team.

The American Red Cross has named Leah Pockrandt as the new Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota. Based in Mankato, Pockrandt will lead the organization’s southwest Minnesota chapter, providing Red Cross programs and services to more than 360,000 people in 19 counties.

“We’re very excited to have Leah join our team,” said Phil Hansen, CEO for the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. “Her skills, experience and community connections will help us continue to fulfill our mission and our commitment to our neighbors in southwest Minnesota.”

Pockrandt has more than 15 years nonprofit experience, having previously served as Director of Development and Marketing for the Greater Mankato Area United Way and as the Development Director for the College of Business at Minnesota State University Mankato. Most recently, she served as Resource Development Director for the School Sisters of Norte Dame Central Pacific Province. She has extensive experience in fundraising, board engagement, and volunteer management.

Pockrandt has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, both from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

“I’m honored to serve as the new Executive Director serving southwest Minnesota and to aid in the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies,” said Pockrandt. “We are fortunate to have so many incredible volunteers and dedicated partners in our local communities. I look forward to increasing the chapter’s presence across the area by strengthening current relationships and developing new partners for the future.”

About the American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota serves more than 360,000 people in Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Watonwan and Yellow Medicine counties. Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota.