Elizabeth J. Folger
Elizabeth’s first connection with the American Red Cross was in San Francisco after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. As a Red Cross volunteer, she escorted people back to their homes down ghost-town streets in the Marina. She was struck how lives were upended by this natural disaster and how the Red Cross’ care and attention was critical during this dire time.
Elizabeth believes in the “the power of our volunteers” who can and do engage to improve our community. She applied volunteer management and fundraising skills she’d learned from such organizations as the Arthritis Foundation of Northern California, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Salvation Army to her work at the Red Cross. As an American Red Cross volunteer, Elizabeth wishes to use her experience to expand its visibility and mission and reach out to current and future supporters.
She co-chaired the 2023 Gala with Red Cross board member Kenzie Ferguson, an event that raised more than $1M for Red Cross services, including disaster relief. She is pleased to co-chair with Pat Hayes to help create the 2024 Red Cross Gala, “Building Bridges to Hope.”