Sid Ellington is the Central and Southwest Oklahoma Chapter Executive Director- based in Oklahoma City.
Ellington, a retired Navy SEAL Officer, brings many years of diverse leadership and operational planning experience to Red Cross Oklahoma. Prior to joining the Red Cross, he served in leadership roles with the Warrior-Scholar Project, Teach For America, and the Louisiana State Department of Education, where he was able to gain valuable experience in community engagement, fundraising, and volunteer management—skills that he now brings the Red Cross.
“It is truly an honor to be joining the American Red Cross, a highly celebrated organization whose army of volunteers have worked to alleviate human suffering across the globe,” Ellington said.
Ellington spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2005 at the rank of Commander.
“I can think of no better post-military career than to join an organization that has been so prominent in my life and those of my family members,” Ellington said. “I am humbled by the amazing sense of unselfish and tireless service provided by Red Cross volunteers, and I am privileged to be able to work side by side with them and to continue to serve others by working to alleviate human suffering in my home state of Oklahoma.
He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma, an MA in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, an MA in International Relations and a Ph.D in Public Policy from the University of Oklahoma. Ellington is married to Toni J. Ellington, Esq. They have two grown sons, Barrett and Blair.