National Young Professionals Council Selects New Members

The following message is from Jim Starr, Vice President, Volunteer Management:

Three new members have been appointed to two-year terms on the National Young Professionals Council. As council members, they will support organizational initiatives to involve young professionals at all levels and in all Red Cross services.

The new National Young Professionals Council members exemplify some of the best the Red Cross has to offer, and are very excited to share their talents and make a contribution. While these volunteers are new to the council, each has an outstanding record in their local Red Cross unit.

Caroline Hurley is originally from Los Gatos, California. She came to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to attend Southern Methodist University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in 2010. Currently, she is a senior marketing cordinator for SRS Real Estate Partners in Dallas. In 2012, she founded the American Red Cross Dallas/Fort Worth’s Young Professionals Auxiliary (YPA). The YPA has more than 280 members and has raised more than $35,000 in just four months. Caroline is relatively new to the Red Cross but has been very successful in a short time, and has significant experience with successful young professionals groups outside the Red Cross.

Jessica Ports has been with the American Red Cross for 12 years, primarily as a disaster responder and international humanitarian law (IHL) instructor. She is originally from Florida, where she worked as Youth and Young Adult manager for the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter, and currently volunteers as International Services Chair for the Southeast Louisiana Chapter in New Orleans. Jessica is a PhD candidate at the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University, with studies focusing on international humanitarian response and the applications of technology in disaster planning and response. She also serves as faculty there, teaching a course on information and communication technology for development.

Aaron Rodgers is a Special Events Associate with the Greater Chicago Region and works with the Auxiliary Society, the chapter’s young professionals group. Besides four years at New York University, he has spent his entire life in Chicago. He is passionate about young people, philanthropy, and culture – Aaron founded and serves as executive director to a cultural organization called Homeroom Chicago that works with emerging and established artists. He has curated, produced or hosted over 200 events in the last 10 years (and those experiences have helped him come to the conclusion that it’s not a party until you play some R. Kelly). In other careers, Aaron has been a commodities trader and bicycle mechanic.

Please join me in welcoming Caroline, Jessica, and Aaron to the National Young Professionals Council.


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