By DeAnne Todd/American Red Cross
While a student at Boston University, one of Alexis Agrinsoni’s professors asked his class to write down where they saw themselves in five years. Alexis wrote, “I would like to be in a job where I can help people around the world and bring resources to the vulnerable and marginalized.”
Six years later, Alexis is realizing that dream as Individual Resiliency Program Director for the American Red Cross. Alexis was initially drawn to the Red Cross to help his native country and his people after Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico — he started as a volunteer and eventually rose to become Regional Recovery Manager for the Los Angeles region.
While a recovery manager, Alexis deployed around the country to ten disasters, including hurricanes, volcanos, fires, earthquakes, bombings, and mass shootings. Now as a part of the National Red Cross in Washington DC, Alexis connects clients to long term; when the rest of the world’s attention has moved on from a disaster, Alexis and the Red Cross are still on the job aiding recovery for those hardest hit.
In addition to his humanitarian work with the Red Cross, Alexis is also a frequent blood donor and recently donated expressly to promote the need for more Latino blood donors.