Louisville, Ky., May 20, 2019 — The American Red Cross and the Northern California Coastal Region search committee has named Kentucky Region CEO, Jennifer Adrio, as the new Regional Chief Executive Officer of the Northern California Region, comprised of four chapters which serves more than 8.3 million people in 16 counties. The four chapters include California Northeast (Humboldt, Del Norte, Napa, Mendocino, Sonoma and Lake Counties), Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano Counties), Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County), and Central Coast (Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties). The Headquarters Chapter is in San Francisco – The Bay Area.
Jennifer Adrio began her non-profit career with the American Red Cross in biomedical services, based in Louisville, KY almost 30 years ago. In 2013, she returned to the Red Cross as Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Kentucky Region after working with Metro United Way for over 23 years. She currently oversees a region of 116 counties, covering the entire state of Kentucky and southern Indiana, with a budget of $12.4 million, five chapters, managing 55 fulltime and 150 contract employees, and supporting nearly 3,000 volunteers.
“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my next role with the American Red Cross,” Adrio said. “Serving the Kentucky Region over the past five years, has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life. I will certainly miss the dedicated staff, community partners, board members, donors and nearly 3,000 volunteers who selflessly give their time to serve the Red Cross mission. I am proud of the accomplishments we have made and feel confident the team will continue to thrive, while supporting those who need us most. Even though my career is changing, my dedication to the American Red Cross will passionately continue, as I start my next chapter of Red Cross service in Northern California.”
Under Jennifer’s leadership, the Kentucky Region leads the country in the Red Cross program’s Home Fire Campaign. It is 2nd only to New York, over 35,000 homes made safer, and over 57 lives saved. It had the first million-dollar donor to the campaign, Almost Family (now known as LHC Group), which led to an innovative partnership, incorporating their staff into the educational side of the campaign. The Kentucky Region is also a leader in Services to Armed Forces programs, having the highest client satisfaction while being a leader in providing the most service and housing one of three emergency call centers (the Hero Care Center) in the world in their Louisville Area Chapter building.
The Red Cross Kentucky Region is # 12 in the country for disaster risk with approximately 1,300 disasters each year. Jennifer is often requested for special assignments. She has deployed to six national disasters as Elected Official Liaison and served as the interim Regional CEO for South Florida for three months. Jennifer serves on many national Red Cross committees.
“We thank Jennifer for her tremendous leadership of the Kentucky Region Red Cross over the past 5 years. Jennifer has strengthened the performance and impact of the Red Cross in our community and nationwide, as she supported recovery and relief efforts during the large national hurricanes. We wish Jennifer the best in her well-deserved promotion, and look forward to her continued leadership with the Red Cross,” said Marica Brey (GE Appliances), incoming Kentucky Region Board Chair.
Jennifer is a non-profit leader with over 28 years of proven success in strategic planning and implementation, change management, revenue development, philanthropic partnerships, marketing and communications, volunteer management, and staff leadership. Jennifer will assume her duties in her new role for the Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region on Monday, July 15, 2019. A search committee comprised of Kentucky Region board members has been formed and is underway in its search to identify the most qualified candidate for the Kentucky Region CEO position.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.