The American Red Cross is pleased to announce Ivy Williams as the Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Mississippi Region. In this role he will lead a team of over 1,800 volunteers and staff as they support the state of Mississippi to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters.
Williams has deep roots in the community, bringing with him a local perspective that has allowed him to hit the ground running. He joins the Red Cross bringing more than 25 years in banking, finance, human resources, university education and leadership in both private and public sectors. Williams assumes this position after serving in several positions with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. He has spent over a decade contributing to civic, community and business activities including mentoring and lecturing young men and women.
Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Williams resides in Ridgeland, MS with his wife, Christiana Williams, and their daughter Emma.
Williams will be located in the Flowood, Mississippi office and will also serve as the Executive Director for the Southwest Chapter of Mississippi which covers central Mississippi.
“I am excited and honored to be given this tremendous opportunity to work with an excellent organization with dedicated volunteers and very generous donors that are committed to the mission of the American Red Cross which improves the lives of the citizens of the State of Mississippi during their time of need”, said Regional Chief Executive Officer Ivy Williams.
Williams hopes his vision for a more resilient Mississippi will better enable the organization to continue furthering the mission of alleviating human suffering by mobilizing the power of volunteers and generosity of donors in Mississippi.
“After an extensive search, I am so pleased to have Ivy join our team,” added Anna Trefethen, Vice President for the Southeastern and Caribbean Division of the American Red Cross. “His leadership will help to build on the good work we do and make a difference in the lives of those we serve.”