The American Red Cross on Long Island is proud to welcome Neela Mukherjee Lockel as its new Chief Executive Officer. Lockel will oversee Red Cross activities in Nassau County, Suffolk County and Shelter Island.
In the last 12 months, the Long Island Red Cross has helped approximately 1,000 adults and children get back on their feet following nearly 200 local disasters. During this same time, the organization also worked to make local communities safer by installing free smoke alarms, by teaching health and safety skills like CPR, water safety, and first aid; and by empowering our neighbors with emergency preparedness skills. The Red Cross also collected lifesaving blood, supported our brave service members and their families, and lent a helping hand to our Red Cross colleagues across the country and around the world following humanitarian emergencies outside the region.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors I want to welcome Neela to the Red Cross,” said William Macchione, board co-chair, American Red Cross on Long Island.
Palmira Cataliotti, Macchione’s fellow board co-chair added, “I know that her leadership, enthusiasm and community spirit will help to further the mission of the Red Cross here in Long Island.”
"I am genuinely honored to join this incredible team," said Lockel. "The American Red Cross has been of such wonderful service to our community, and I am excited to get started deepening our existing relationships and engaging our friends and supporters in our meaningful mission."
Lockel has more than a decade of experience in non-profit management. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Girls, Inc. of Long Island. Prior to assuming this role in 2012, she worked in academia as a professor at Stonybrook University and served as the Director of the Office of Continuing Education for the Adelphi University School of Social Work and Director of Programs at EAC Inc.
Her professional background and orientation to Social Work came from her work with homeless and street-involved youth in Maine and New York City. Neela received an award from the Town of Brookhaven for her service to youth on the Town Youth Board, and also served on the town's Anti-Bias Task Force. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Middle Country Library Foundation.
Neela is a member of the LIBN 40 Under 40 Class of 2016, and received a Young Professionals Award from the American Heart Association.
She holds her BA from Bates College, MSW from Fordham University and MPA from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. She received an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham and a certificate from Adelphi University's Leading in Communities Program. Neela is a member of the Class of 2015 Energeia Partnership through Molloy College.
Neela is married to Dennis Lockel of NYPD and is mother to Dylan and Dalilah. Neela has served as a Team Captain for the March of Dimes, since the premature birth of her son, Dylan, and is always looking to run or walk for a cause.
Lockel succeeds former CEO John Miller who left the nonprofit after more than five years at the helm of the Red Cross on Long Island. Earlier this year Miller joined the Tourette Association of America.
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/li or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.