The American Red Cross has named Bonnie Bush executive director of the South Puget Sound Chapter of the Red Cross. Bush possesses a breadth of leadership experience and a deep connection to her community. Together, these qualities form a solid foundation for advancing the Red Cross mission: To help prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
“We are thrilled to have Bonnie Bush join the Red Cross family, she has a proven track record of professional achievement and key community relationships in the South Puget Sound community,”
said Terry Pollard, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “She is ideally suited for this leadership role and the Red Cross is fortunate to have her at the helm of the South Puget Sound chapter.”
Bush has diverse experience and has worked in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She will oversee chapter operations, including board leadership and growth, community events, cultivation of partnerships and will further expand existing Red Cross programs: Disaster Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Preparedness, Health and Safety Services. Bush will work alongside Red Cross staff and volunteers on the front lines of disasters, large and small, as well as mobilizing resources for key initiatives, such as the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.
“I am honored to step into this position, to work with such a talented and dedicated team and to play my role to help fulfill the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross,” Bush said.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Bush served 16 years at CHIFranciscan, most recently as its Franciscan Experience Director.
The South Puget Sound Chapter of the Red Cross is home to more than 550 volunteers, who, last year, helped respond to 140 large and small disasters. Red Cross community services include:
- Immediate, short-term disaster assistance for victims of fires, floods, earthquakes and other natural or man-made disasters
- Community disaster education
- Health and Safety classes for adults and youth
- Workplace preparedness training
- International communication to locate family members separated by disaster or warfare
- Emergency communication for military families