Henry Van de Putte has a long history of personal and professional public service experience. Prior to joining the Texas Gulf Coast, he led the San Antonio Area Red Cross chapter as Executive Director. While there, Henry increased community partnerships, renewed confidence with elected and community leaders and supported local staff in growing a strong volunteer base. A proven leader in times of crisis, he provided leadership during the Red Cross response to the tragic mass shooting that occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas. His other past accomplishments include serving as Director of Development at Central Catholic High School where he engaged stakeholders, managed an annual giving program and provided strategic leadership. He was also Director of Operations and Corporate Accounts at Dixie Flag in San Antonio and began his career at ESPN in New York with the Corporate Communications and Outreach team. Henry has a proven ability to cultivate partnerships in the public and private sectors, excellent communication skills and focused planning to accomplish short- and long-term goals with extensive experience in event planning and marketing. Henry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and is a proud lifelong Texan who enjoys spending time with his wife and twin infants.