Today, the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Board of Directors is announcing that Jarrett Barrios will step down as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, effective March 3, 2014 to become the CEO of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, the second-largest Red Cross region in the United States.
Barrios, who became CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts in 2011, spearheaded the growth and evolution of the organization, successfully strengthening links with civic and corporate partners to help grow the region’s support base, reengineering disaster response and recovery practices, engaging greater numbers of younger and more diverse volunteers and developing the largest food pantry system in New England. His work has earned him the 2014 American Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence, a prestigious national recognition, awarded to Red Cross staff and volunteers who demonstrate superior job performance in alignment with the organization’s priorities.
“From the Boston Marathon bombing response to annual Thanksgiving turkey distributions, Jarrett has grown the Red Cross in Massachusetts - its programs, its base of volunteers, and the funding that supports it all,” said John Stadtler, Red Cross of Massachusetts board chair. “His effective leadership style has sharpened our focus on our mission to serve others, and has expanded our reach in more and more diverse communities. We will miss him and congratulate him on this opportunity.”
Under Barrios’ leadership, the American Red Cross of Massachusetts has:
“I am proud of our accomplishments. Our ability to care for people touched by tragedy has reached new levels of excellence in compassion and care,” said Barrios. “I look forward to working with the search committee, our Board of Directors and staff to name a new leader to ensure the continued growth and success of the Red Cross in Massachusetts.”
Barrios served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1998 – 2002, when he was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate. In the State Senate, he worked with the American Red Cross in his capacity as chair of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee; he also served as Vice Chair of the Health Care Committee, and became the first Latino ever to serve in the state’s senate. He also served in executive positions with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and GLAAD.
Barrios will assume a new leadership role within the Red Cross as the chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. He begins his new position on March 3. Stadtler, along with Division Vice President, Don Herring, will lead a national search for a successor. Barrios will work closely with the search committee to ensure a smooth transition. “Jarrett’s help selecting and onboarding a new CEO is a testament to his commitment to the Red Cross and his desire to deliver excellent service to the people of Massachusetts,” said Stadtler. “We wish him all the best in the next stage of his career.”