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County Commission on Human Relations

Los Angeles – (June 27, 2018) The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is proud to announce CEO, Jarrett Barrios has been elected President of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (Commission).

The Commission is dedicated to promoting positive race and human relations and develop programs that proactively address racism, homophobia, religious prejudice, linguistic bias, anti-immigrant sentiment, and other divisive attitudes that can lead to inter-cultural tension, hate crimes and related violence.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead the Commission during a period where inclusiveness and commonality are of great interest and I am committed to eradicating bias and prejudice in our communities,” said Barrios. “I have dedicated my life to public service and believe there is no greater reward than making lives better and the world around us a better place.”

Barrios currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region since 2014. He is leads the humanitarian organization in providing care and comfort to those afflicted by disasters - large and small - and works to "disrupt" traditional preparedness training, and to develop and implement preparedness campaigns that measurably motivate Angelenos to take actions in advance of disaster to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors. Barrios previously held the chief executive position with the Massachusetts Red Cross. For his transformational leadership in Massachusetts, he was awarded the American Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence in 2014 for his efforts following the Boston Marathon bombing. Barrios is an honors graduate from Harvard College and Georgetown Law and began public service in 1999 as a Massachusetts State Representative for four years, then as a State Senator for five years. In the House, he authored a broad range of legislation from a law to improve emergency room services for immigrants to the creation of a state low-income housing tax credit. In the Senate, he chaired the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee and was the Vice Chair of the Health Care Committee. 

“I am proud that Jarrett will represent the First District and the County as the President of our Commission on Human Relations,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “His leadership and expertise will honor the mission and vision of the Commission. Having served in many capacities in civic engagement, Jarrett will be able to provide a unique perspective as Commission President, and I know he will serve LA County well.”

Barrios was first appointed to the Commission by County Supervisor Hilda Solis on July 13, 2015 and has served as Vice President since July 1, 2015. Following the vote at the June 4, 2018 meeting, his one-year term as President begins July 1. The Commission is part of Los Angeles County Government. The 15-member Commission meets once a month and its signature projects include its annual hate crime report, youth human relations leadership project, and the John Anson Ford Awards which recognize effective practices in human relations work. More information on the Commission can be found at

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA.