Mary Powell is Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Northern Nevada, Utah/Nevada Region. She is a passionate leader who has engaged her community in record-breaking ways to further the mission of the Red Cross.
Last fall, her community was directly impacted by multiple wildfires. She and her team opened a mega-shelter, recruited over 200 new event-based volunteers, created new community partnerships, and raised nearly $2.5MM for wildfire response. Mary also deployed to Louisiana to serve as an Elected Official Liaison following Hurricane Ida.
Trained in leadership accountability through Partners in Leadership, Mary believes in authentic relationships and collaboration. A veteran of the United States Air Force, she has been recognized for her work through deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Mary has also worked in non-profits for over a decade, serving in fundraising, operations, and executive roles for local and national organizations. She and her husband and daughter have lived in Reno since 2013 after living in Alaska for over 10 years.