Linda C. Mathes
Linda Mathes is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region which includes the District of Columbia; Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; and cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, VA. Ms. Mathes is charged with the responsibility to carry out the mission of the American Red Cross throughout this regional community and to support other communities when needed across the country and around the world. This includes working with volunteers, staff, the Board of Directors, and community partners to prepare for and respond to disasters large and small – locally, nationally and internationally. In the National Capital Region, Ms. Mathes also is responsible for services to the Armed Forces at the 14 military installations and hospitals, for blood donor recruitment, for international services and for support of health and safety training. Ms. Mathes is responsible for the recruitment and engagement of volunteers and for raising millions of dollars annually to deliver these and other mission services.
Ms. Mathes is Chair of the Regional ESF-6 Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services Committee for the Greater Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments. She is a member of the Board of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Emergency Preparedness Council of MWCOG, International Women’s Forum, The Mayor’s Age-Friendly DC Task Force Co-Chair for Emergency Preparedness and Resilience, Women in Homeland Security, and the Tiffany Circle. She serves as an Executive Mentor for the Global Good Fund.
Awards and special recognition include: NOVA Forward Award 2008 by Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce; named one of the “100 Most Powerful Women” 2017 and 2015; Washingtonian Magazine Influential Women of Virginia Award 2014; Women Who Mean Business Award 2013; Most Admired CEO Award and Readers’ Choice Award for Most Admired CEO of Nonprofit Organizations (sponsored by Washington Business Journal); Project Inspiration Honoree 2012; Woman of Vision Award 2016 by Junior League of Northern Virginia; Washingtonian of the Year 2008; DC Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year Award 1998. Other awards received on behalf of the local American Red Cross include Strategic Partnership Award 2008 from Homeland Security & Defense Business Council and Golden Links Award 2005 from Board of Trade. Ms. Mathes was selected for Project Interchange Institute 2005 in Israel (sponsored by American Jewish Committee). She received the American Red Cross Tiffany Award for employee excellence in 1986 and was a finalist for the White House Fellows in 1983.
Ms. Mathes was previously a graduate of Leadership Washington (1997), member of the Leadership Washington Board, member of Survivor’s Fund Governance Board, co-chair of Nonprofit Emergency Preparedness Task Force of Greater Washington, member of the University of District of Colombia Action Council for Nonprofit Leadership, member of TEC (The Executive Committee) and member of Points of Light Foundation Kitchen Cabinet.
Ms. Mathes began her career with the Red Cross in 1973 at Dallas County Chapter/Northeast Texas Division. From 1978-1986, she served in several leadership positions at national headquarters of American Red Cross in Washington, DC, including positions in Financial Development and on the President’s Council for Policy Analysis and Evaluation. She served as Executive Director of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Red Cross Chapter, Pennsylvania from 1986-1991 and was selected CEO of American Red Cross of the National Capital Area in 1991.
Ms. Mathes received her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is a graduate of FBI Citizen’s Academy, American Red Cross Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism Program at Clara Barton Center for Domestic Preparedness, and Partners in Organization Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.