David Englin is the Chief Operating Officer of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, the second largest Red Cross region in the United States, serving more than 10 million people in four counties. In this role, he has doubled its volunteer work in preparedness and disaster response in southern California, deepening its impact in some of southern California’s most vulnerable communities through Prepare LA, a part of southern California’s Prepare SoCal initiative. The Region’s innovative resiliency-building efforts have been recognized locally and nationally, including its impactful work to reduce home-fire deaths through the Sound the Alarm campaign. David oversaw the executive directors of the four Red Cross chapters that comprise the region and led all human resources, finance, facilities, fleet and other operational support functions, including facilities and fleet support to Red Cross Biomedical Services. In addition to supporting Red Cross disaster preparedness, resiliency, response and recovery services, he was directly responsible for Service to the Armed Forces, International Services, and implementing a new vision to enhance emergency preparedness in vulnerable communities.
David came to the Red Cross with 20 years of diverse leadership experience in the military, political, business and nonprofit sectors. Previously, David was elected to four terms in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing constituents in the fun part of Alexandria, and parts of Arlington and Fairfax; he served as executive vice president of BizFed, the Los Angeles County Business Federation, mobilizing the collective voices of more than 275,000 employers throughout Southern California; and he ran his own advocacy and communications firm, serving primarily nonprofit clients, with a particular focus on Latinos in higher education.
David’s first profession was as an Air Force officer, where he worked to bridge the gap between military families and local businesses and organizations. He was on duty inside the Pentagon during the September 11 attacks and deployed overseas as chief of public affairs for the 16th Air Expeditionary Wing conducting peacekeeping operations in the Balkans. Before honorably separating from the Air Force in 2004, he directed a service-wide program to assist families and civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve airmen.
An Eagle Scout and a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, David lives in the greater Los Angeles area with his wife, Shayna, and their two giant dogs, Brut and Sarge.