Government Relations

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Our Goal:

To create, through effective legislative and regulatory initiatives, a public policy environment at all levels of government that will forward the mission and strategic objectives of the American Red Cross.

Our Responsibilities:

  • Representation before Congress and State Legislatures for the coordination and development of policy statements and testimony
  • Coordination of any requests and responses to the executive and legislative branches
  • Coordination and development of position statements before federal advisory committees and other forums
  • Articulation of Red Cross policy positions before representatives of executive branch agencies
  • Coordination and development of policy positions articulated by Red Cross staff serving on external task forces and committees
  • Advance notice of policy statements made by Red Cross employees in articles submitted for publication to scientific journals

Contact Information

To reach a member of the Government Relations team: (202) 303-4371

General e-mail:

Cherae Bishop – Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Congressional Relations Team:

Dawn P. Latham – Director, Government Relations

Marvin Steele – Senior Policy Advisor

Jacqueline Godfrey – Legislative Associate

Federal Relations Team:

Karen Quarles – Director

State Relations Team:

Christy Plunkett Foertsch – Manager, State Relations

Michaela Keller Legislative Assistant, State & Federal Relations

Jan Michael De Jesus Legislative Specialist

Guide to Services

This publication, which is updated every two years, is a great resource for elected officials as it offers a snapshot of Red Cross services.