By Chelsea LoCascio
College alumna Ana Montero (’89) has been named chief executive officer of the American Red Cross’s New Jersey region, according to the organization’s press release.
“I am honored to lead such a talented group of people at the Red Cross in my home state,” Montero said, according to the press release. “I look forward to building upon our relationships and partnerships, and to cultivating new collaborations with partners representing our most vulnerable communities.”
Through volunteers, donors and partners, the American Red Cross aims to help people worldwide prepare for and recover from disaster, give people access to lifesaving blood transfusions and provide members of the military support for themselves and their families, according to the organization’s website.
Montero’s new position allows her to oversee all of the Red Cross’s service delivery, fundraising and external relations within New Jersey — a position she is undoubtedly qualified for, American Red Cross Northeast Division Vice President Mathieu Nelessen said, according to the press release.
“I’m thrilled to pass the torch to Ana, who I know to be a talented and thoughtful leader,” Nelessen said. “She was the unanimous choice of the team. I am confident that her skills and experience will enable her to build upon the region’s existing strengths and lead the Red Cross to provide even better service to communities in New Jersey.”
Montero has more than 20 years of public service and leadership experience, which includes her previous role as chief operating officer of the American Red Cross’s Los Angeles region — the second largest Red Cross region in the country, according to the press release.
“We’re pleased that Ana has returned to New Jersey to fill this chief leadership position,” Nelessen said. “Ana brings a great mix of leadership, inspiration, operational experience and a passion for service. Her experience creating community partnerships, combined with the support of a strong team of committed volunteers and employees, will undoubtedly help us build more resilient communities throughout New Jersey.”