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Lily Mendez-Morgan hired as chief programs officer

Kat Powers, Director of Communications, American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, kat.powers@redcross.org

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is delighted to announce Lily Mendez-Morgan has been hired as the organization's Chief Program Officer.

“Lily is the leader we’re looking for in a 21st century American Red Cross,” said CEO Jarrett Barrios. “She has years of experience working in mission-driven non-profit environments in a range of roles. As a leader and change agent, she brings the rare skill set of passion, vision, and management know-how to a large and growing organization whose humanitarian goals remain as important today as they were when we were founded 130 years ago.”

Mendez-Morgan headed the Office of Transition Management at the Executive Office of Transportation, charged with monitoring the integration of the Mass Turnpike into the Mass Highway system. She launched the Governor's Commonwealth Corp, a newly created service program, placing 250 individuals in 37 community organizations throughout Massachusetts. Her experience also includes service as the senior director of appointments and civic engagement for Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick, executive director of Access Strategies and program director at the Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation. Most recently, Mendez-Morgan served as executive director of alumni relations at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

“The American Red Cross is a vital part of our communities and I’m proud to be part of it,” Mendez-Morgan said.

The Chief Program Officer is charged with ensuring service delivery consistent with our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Our programs including disaster services, services to members of the Armed Forces, volunteer and youth programs, preparedness education, and our food and nutrition programs that include the largest food pantries in New England.

About the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts:

The Eastern 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 eastern 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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.