Deirdre “Dee” Dixon became the CEO of the American Red Cross of Georgia on June 1, 2021. She oversees the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies, statewide, by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
More than 10 million people in 159 Georgia counties benefit from the Red Cross programs under Dixon’s leadership. This includes providing lifesaving blood; disaster preparedness, response, and recovery support; training in lifesaving skills; and emergency services for military and international families in one of the 10 largest Red Cross regions in the country.
Dixon joined the Georgia Red Cross as Chief Development Officer in December 2017. During her tenure, Development secured more than 81 million dollars for the Red Cross mission and played a pivotal role in fundraising for local and national disaster relief operations.
She also made contributions to the organization as the Division Biomed leader for the Blood Saves Lives Initiative in 2019 and led the Diversity Blood Session for the National Fundraising Conference in 2020. In Georgia, Dixon paved the way for a Sickle Cell Disease awareness campaign that developed partnerships and virtual education forums with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, elected officials and faith-based communities.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Dixon led cross-functional teams of district managers and up to 130 frontline team members at Grainger Industrial Supply as their Senior Director of Account Management Sales. In that role, she helped create successful strategic plans that generated a continued year-over-year growth in profitable revenue for the organization.
Dixon earned her Master of Business Administration at Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Georgia Southern University. She was raised in Metter, Georgia, and is now a resident of Gwinnett County.
Dixon and her husband, a recently retired middle school assistant principal, are the proud parents of two, graduate school-aged daughters. She loves mentoring young women, cooking, and karaoke-singing. Her family teases her that her blood type is “G” for all things Georgia.