PRINCETON, NJ, July 26, 2016 – The American Red Cross has named Ana Montero as regional chief executive officer of the organization’s New Jersey Region. Montero will oversee all Red Cross service delivery, fundraising and external relations within the state.

“I’m thrilled to pass the torch to Ana who I know to be a talented and thoughtful leader,” said Mathieu Nelessen, northeast division vice president, American Red Cross. “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 brings more than 20 years of public service and management experience to her new role, including the past two years as chief operating officer of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. The Los Angeles Region is the second largest Red Cross region in the country, serving some of the country’s most diverse communities in an area vulnerable to multi-hazard disasters.

“We’re pleased that Ana has returned to New Jersey to fill this chief leadership position,” said Nelessen. “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.”

Prior to joining the Red Cross in 2014, Montero served her home state of New Jersey as assistant commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, and as a director with both the Department of Labor & Workforce Development and the Department of Human Services. She has been credited for her work on numerous statewide and multi-state partnerships related to community redevelopment, historic preservation, STEM initiatives, industry-retention efforts and youth development programs.

“I am honored to lead such a talented group of people at the Red Cross in my home state,” said Montero. “I look forward to building upon our relationships and partnerships and to cultivating new collaborations with partners representing our most vulnerable communities.”

Montero graduated from The College of New Jersey and holds a law degree from Rutgers University. She is a 2016 Presidio Institute Fellow and Lead New Jersey 2003 Fellow.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,800 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey last year, the Red Cross responded to 889 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping 1,820 displaced families; collected 88,439 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; 
provided 3,920 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 117,088 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter @NJRedCross.