Kat Powers is selected as Director of Communications for Boston Red Cross

Valerie Navy-Daniels, Chief Development & External Relations Officer, American Red Cross of Massachusetts, 617-274-5235

December 15, 2011

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts announces today the selection of veteran journalist Kat Powers as its new Director of Communications.

Powers has worked in Boston media for nearly 20 years. Currently, she is the managing editor at Wicked Local, a group of 19 websites and 18 print publications that are part of Gatehouse Media. An award-winning journalist, she has been a featured source in journalism textbooks and in classrooms in the evolving field of social media and its relationship to traditional print and broadcast media. A leader in establishing WickedLocal.com as a leader in the media marketplace in Massachusetts, Powers will assume responsibility for communications of the Cambridge-based non-profit in January.

“Our chapter of the American Red Cross is ready to take on the challenges of the coming year,” Massachusetts CEO Jarrett Barrios said. “We’re excited to have Kat on the team.” Powers begins her new role Jan. 9, 2012.

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