Jake brings a wealth of experience and dedication, having served the American Red Cross for the past 19 years in various leadership roles. Originally hailing from Oklahoma, Jake has embraced Houston as his home over the past 6 years, and he is a proud Houstonian.
Over the last six years, Jake has made significant contributions to our region. He began his journey here as the Regional Volunteer Services Officer, where he successfully led our team through the transition of the Volunteer Services department. Most recently, he has been serving as our Regional Chief Operating Officer, playing a vital role in propelling our region to the forefront of using technology to enhance our mission and work.
Before joining the Texas Gulf Coast Region, Jake served as the Regional Volunteer Service Officer, where he skillfully led the Volunteer Services team through a merger encompassing three regions into the Oklahoma Arkansas region. His experience also includes a critical role in supporting local fundraising efforts following the devastating 2013 tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma, and the surrounding communities.
In the earlier stages of his career, Jake worked in various front-line roles, supporting three rural chapters in Oklahoma. These roles included Executive Director, Disaster Program Support, and Training Services Administrator. It was during these formative experiences that Jake's unwavering passion for the Red Cross mission took root, and he developed a deep love for serving alongside others.