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Barrios is selected as Chief Executive Officer for Massachusetts


Valerie Navy-Daniels

Chief Development & External Relations Officer

Phone: 617-274-5235

November 21, 2011

Cambridge, MA (November 21, 2011) - After an extensive search, the American Red Cross of Massachusetts announces that Jarrett T. Barrios has been chosen as CEO of Massachusetts beginning November 29th.

“I am truly honored and excited to be part of the Massachusetts Red Cross team,” Barrios said. “The Red Cross mission and basic humanitarian principles fit well with my personal beliefs and professional background. I am looking forward to working with the chapter’s excellent staff, volunteers, and community partners in providing Red Cross humanitarian services and life-saving education to those living, working and raising families in Massachusetts.”

Jarrett Barrios is well known to the Massachusetts community from his many years as a state senator and state representative. From state government he moved to a position as President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. Subsequent roles include Chief Executive Officer, Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation, and most recently as Principle, Barrios Consults, where he provided strategic communications consulting and leadership skill development for mission-driven organizations.

“The Massachusetts Area Chapter search committee made an outstanding choice by selecting Barrios,” stated board chair John Stadtler. “I am confident that his experience, knowledge of the Massachusetts community and his leadership style will build on our strengths and lead us to new successes for the Red Cross community in our region, and on behalf of the full Board, am truly excited to welcome him to this important leadership position.

“From a pool of enormously talented individuals, all of whom were drawn to the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross, we unanimously and enthusiastically selected Jarrett Barrios,” said Geri Denterlein, chair of the Search Committee. “He brings a passion for the cause, experience with our mission of delivering disaster services, and the thoughtful approach of a well-tested leader.”

As a volunteer-led organization, the Massachusetts Area Red Cross consists of skilled and qualified staff, dedicated board members and committed volunteers. With Barrios’ leadership, the region will continue its mission to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Gail DeNicola, Division Vice President for the Northeast, remarked, “Recent powerful storms that impacted much of the East Coast have shown without a doubt how important the work of the Red Cross is and how vital it is to have strong leadership within our chapters and regions. We are pleased to bring someone of Barrios’ caliber on board to lead the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.”

Barrios is a graduate of Harvard College, received a J.D. cum laude at Georgetown University Law Center and received an honorary doctorate in 2003 from Cambridge College. He is an author, community advocate, and has been the recipient of several public service and leadership awards, including the Clara Barton Humanitarian Award in 2002 for service on behalf of disaster relief workers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the state senate, Barrios chaired the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, and was named Legislator of the year by the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts for authoring the 2003 rewrite of state fire code in the wake of the Station Nightclub fire in Rhode Island.

About the American Red Cross of Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Regional Chapter operates a number of critical programs and services that are essential to improving the lives of women, men and children. It is one of the largest chapters in the National Red Cross network, providing services across 190 cities and towns in Massachusetts with a combined population of 4.9 million. The chapter trains and mobilizes nearly 3,000 volunteers a year who support the delivery of services to over 500,000 people each year. The Regional chapter is headquartered in Cambridge and oversees two community chapters in Beverly and Hyannis. The chapter also has locations in Boston, Brockton, Braintree, Fall River, Haverhill, New Bedford, Peabody, and Waltham that serve as local sites for community programs, volunteer recruitment, and disaster preparedness and response.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; 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 mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at