I was honored to stand with my new friend Ms.Gail McGovern, a seasoned business executive who now runs the American Red Cross as their CEO, Ms. McGovern is both uniquely qualified, and especially appropriate.
The former is obvious from her bullet proof resume, but the latter you pick up when you meet her. She is simply, good people. Or as I said to her when we last were together, "it's abnormal, that you are so very normal, approachable, real."
Operation HOPE's division focused on emergency financial and economic disaster preparedness, response and recovery, HOPE Coalition America (HCA), is often referred to as the "economic Red Cross," given that we assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to repair and put back together their financial lives. HCA and the American Red Cross (ARC) have a national memorandum of agreement framed around joint disaster preparedness, response and recovery, leveraging our respective strengths. In this instance, we are actually partnering closely together around Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, supported financially by the American Red Cross. A special thank you to ARC for their $500,000 in funded support around our Sandy financial case management, emergency response efforts. See the joint press statement here. Additionally, you can find the three month progress report from ARC here.