By Kennedy Benjamin/American Red Cross
Diana Boyd’s 11-year Red Cross journey began in 2012 when she took a class to become a certified lifeguard. For eight years following, Boyd worked in biomedical services where she eventually became a senior account manager.
Today, Boyd is director of the Los Angeles Region’s Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) and International Services (IS) lines of service. Boyd and her SAF workforce help members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service, and as part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, the IS team helps reconnect families separated by crises and educate future humanitarians.
When it comes to helping Hispanic families, Boyd feels her heritage helps to provide an extra layer of comfort and understanding to those who need it. Boyd says that with her parent’s South American culture at home and the rich Hispanic culture that comes from being an LA native, she was always around the richness of a Spanish speaking collective.
“I’m definitely proud of the work we do for our community and I’m so proud of my roots here,” said Boyd. “I love being able to serve and give back to the community I grew up in.”
This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month aimed to highlight power, progress and prosperity throughout the Hispanic community, of which, Boyd says she’s drawn to the theme of progress.