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Deborah Jackson

CEO, MA Red Cross

Deborah C. Jackson has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay since 2002. During this time, she has led the organization through tremendous growth including the doubling of its territory to serving over 190 cities and towns in Eastern Massachusetts. She has expanded the chapters capacity to respond to disasters, strengthened other core services; enhanced the local Red Cross brand, launched innovative fund raising strategies to grow resources; and built a stronger, dedicated volunteer core including leadership board members. Deborah's career in urban policy and community services has spanned more than 25 years. During this time, she has held a number of executive positions in health and human services including Vice President of the Boston Foundation, Senior Vice President of Boston Children's Hospital, and President and CEO of Goodwill Industries (Ma.). She also serves on a number of Boards and has held numerous appointed positions on task forces - serving the Mayor of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including; the Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Non-Profit Leadership, the Womens Business Hall of Fame Award and was recognized by Boston Magazine as one of the areas 100 Most Influential Women. She is a frequent speaker, presenter and panelist.