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Local American Red Cross Announces Sean Mahoney as New Regional CEO

Local American Red Cross Announces Sean Mahoney as New Regional CEO 

Mahoney officially joins the organization on December 18, 2017 


SAN DIEGO – November 15, 2017 – The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties today announced that Sean Mahoney has been named the organization’s regional chief executive officer, effective December 18, 2017. 


“Sean’s skills and experience align with many of the Red Cross services including the emphasis on supporting our military and effective disaster response, as well as fundraising to be able to fulfill our mission,” said local Red Cross Board Chair Dave Geier. “Through a marathon search process, Sean emerged as the preeminent candidate to lead the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties and we are thrilled to have him on board.  


Mahoney brings significant leadership skills to the Red Cross, most recently serving as the executive director of zero8hundred, an organization he launched in 2015. An innovative non-profit, zero8hundred assists military members and their families as they transition to civilian life following the completion of military service.  


Mahoney is a veteran himself, having retired at the rank of Captain after 27 years of service in the United States Coast Guard. His Coast Guard assignments included piloting helicopters in Cape Cod, Mass., Astoria, Ore., San Diego, and Houston.  


The local Red Cross will benefit from Mahoney’s experience in disaster response as he managed hurricane responses while assigned as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Houston. He also previously directed governmental and public relations efforts for the Coast Guard’s 40-state Atlantic Area.  


The Red Cross is an outstanding organization dedicated to supporting people during some of their most trying times,” said Sean Mahoney, incoming regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “I am excited to be taking on this role and joining such a dedicated group of staff and volunteers.”  


Mahoney was selected following a competitive nationwide search and replaces Charlene Zettel, who has served in the interim regional executive role since July 2017. 


“It has been an honor to be at the helm of this incredible organization through the past four months and I am so proud of the impactful work our team has continued to provide to the community,” said Charlene Zettel, interim regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “Sean is an extraordinary leader and I am confident he will excel in our Red Cross humanitarian efforts.”  


Zettel, a Red Cross board member, will assist with the transition of leadership to Mahoney before returning to her position on the board of directors.  


Mahoney has lived in San Diego since 2011. His final assignment in the Coast Guard was as Captain of the Port and Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Diego, where he supervised personnel and assets that completed missions throughout southern California, Arizona, and southern Utah and Nevada.   


Covering San Diego County, Imperial County and American Samoa, Mahoney will fill the regional executive position beginning on Monday, December 18, 2017. 


Mahoney is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. He is the chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Defense, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and is a member of the San Diego Military Advisory Council. Sean and his wife Christine have been married for over 30 years. They have two adult daughters. 


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About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties 
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support, we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families, and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego,a regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. 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 connect with us onFacebookandYouTube and Twitter.       


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