As the Regional Volunteer Service Officer, Raven Camara is responsible for recruitment, engagement, development and support of more than 3,000 Red Cross adult and youth volunteers across Massachusetts.
Raven joined the Red Cross in 2014 and has grown steadily to a leadership position in the Volunteer Services realm. Raven played a key role in two national recruitment pilot programs which tested new models of collaboration between Humanitarian Services and Biomedical Services as part of the One Red Cross initiative. Raven led creative problem solving, while fostering open dialogue and inclusivity, to ensure successful collaboration.
Prior to coming to the Red Cross, Raven has engaged in a wide range of projects, including writing a blog about living and parenting in Niger, translating for an international non-profit, and teaching French and English to children and adults while living overseas in Niger and Switzerland between 2009 and 2014.
Raven served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali from 1999-2001, where she put her degree in French Language and Francophone Cultures to use. There she found that her skills lay more in strategic planning and community organizing than in farming, so she focused her energy in those areas. When she returned to her native Oregon, she began her professional career working at Oregon Food Bank to combat food insecurity, where she worked as a program coordinator before returning overseas to Niger.
In her free time, Raven enjoys running, reading, and swimming (not too close to sharks) on Cape Cod.