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Joanne Nowlin, CFRE, Named Regional Chief Executive Officer For The American Red Cross South Florida Region

MIAMI, August 10, 2017 — The American Red Cross South Florida Region has named Joanne Nowlin, CFRE, as its new Regional Chief Executive Officer.

As the Regional Executive for South Florida, Nowlin will oversee five chapters in the region serving nearly 8 million people across 13 counties and be accountable for service delivery and fundraising.

“It’s an honor to join such an amazing organization and help guide its mission to support our diverse communities in preparing for and recovering from natural and man-made disasters,” said Joanne Nowlin. “I’m a Florida native, so I have seen the critical role the Red Cross plays in helping South Florida residents every day.”

Nowlin is a fund raising and non-profit executive with 20 years of experience leading non-profit organizations with extensive knowledge of the South Florida region. She has senior-level experience in fund raising, board development, volunteer engagement, staff development, advocacy, service delivery and community relations. She began her involvement with Red Cross when she was still in high school as a "VolunTeen” at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Most recently, Nowlin was with Florida Atlantic University where she served as Director of Development, Northern Campuses, overseeing all fundraising for FAU Northern Campuses from West Palm Beach to Vero Beach. She also served as Interim Vice President for FAU Division of Institutional Advancement and Interim CEO of FAU Foundation. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society overseeing Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, Florida Keys, Naples and Fort Myers, and Puerto Rico. She has also served as President and CEO of Gilda’s Club South Florida, and Director of Annual Giving for Kids In Distress in Fort Lauderdale.

She is currently an officer of the board of directors of 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast and a Trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Florida State University. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). A Florida native, Nowlin lives in West Palm Beach.

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 @SFLRedCross.