American Red Cross President & CEO on Youth Involvement
Hi Red Crossers! I am so excited about this! We announced back in April 2008 that Gail McGovern was joining the American Red Cross as its President & CEO. Today, I write to announce a video that Gail recently made about the importance of Red Cross youth involvement!
I’ve had the chance to meet her a number of times. My first meeting with her was back at Harvard, after she was appointed as President but before she officially started the job. (She was a Harvard Business School professor at the time and I am a Harvard undergraduate, so I figured I would take advantage of our geographic proximity.) Upon meeting her, I was deeply impressed by her intelligence, passion for service, warmth, and intuitive understanding of the importance of young people to the American Red Cross mission and legacy. Her performance since then has only confirmed my initial observation. Although she has moved offices, she has not lost her professorial habits of always wanting to learn more and ask questions, of enjoying students and young people, and of being profoundly passionate about her work.
She and her senior management team are doing an incredible job being transparent, welcoming of all ideas, and building the organizational culture and competence that has our beloved organization thriving. I am thrilled by her leadership, and excited to see her at NYI! Watch what she has to say about youth involvement! What do you think?
Chris Chen, Cambridge, MA