February 22, 2020
NE Mass. American Red Cross Names McWilliam-Lopez as ED

Kyle McWilliam-Lopez
December 29, 2019 — The Northeast Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross, a Peabody-based nonprofit that serves 1.2 million people in Essex and Middlesex counties, recently named Kyle McWilliam-Lopez as its executive director.

Kyle McWilliam-Lopez was selected for the role at American Red Cross Northeast Massachusetts following a search that drew nearly 60 applicants.

He joined the Massachusetts chapter last year as a relationship support specialist, after becoming involved with the organization as a community recovery specialist in Florida to assist with recovery following Hurricane Irma of 2017.

“We are pleased to have Kyle as our new executive director in the Northeast,” said Holly Grant, the Massachusetts regional chief executive, quoted in The Salem News. “Kyle’s background and commitment to serving people made him an excellent choice. Kyle will help the Red Cross build and maintain strong relationships with North Shore communities and communities in the Merrimack Valley.”

“The Red Cross is doing a lot every single day. I am so proud to serve the Red Cross and the communities in the Northeast and I am looking forward to bringing people together and helping those who are affected by disasters," the paper quoted McWilliam-Lopez.

McWilliam-Lopez will work in the Peabody office until May, when he’ll move to the Lawrence office when the Peabody location closes, the paper reported.

Early in his career, McWilliam-Lopez served as served as an agricultural and small-business development specialist with the Peace Corps in Bolivia, and as a community development associate with AmeriCorps.

Prior to joining the Red Cross, McWilliam-Lopez was program manager for the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership and worked as a mediator for Restorative Justice Partners in Monterey.

He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, history, and religion from the University of California, Davis and a master's degree in public policy, international relations, and conflict resolution from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

In addition to providing disaster recovery service, the American Red Cross of Massachusetts provides food and nutrition programs for 165,000 people annually, collects blood to help ensure a safe supply, and provides training in first aid, CPR/AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation/automated external defibrillator), swimming and water safety, and care giving.

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