Joselito Garcia-Ruiz

Disaster Program Officer, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region

Joselito Garcia-Ruiz

Disaster Program Officer, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region

Biography

Joselito Garcia-Ruiz was the Disaster Program Officer (5/2014- 10/2020), responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities for the 272 communities served by the Red Cross Los Angeles Region.

Prior to joining the L.A. Region in May 2014, Joselito served as the RDPO for the Red Cross Raleigh/Durham Region in North Carolina and the American Red Cross Disaster National Advisory Council.  With more than 29 years of national and international disaster management experience, he began his Red Cross career as the Director of Volunteer Services at the Puerto Rico Chapter and has also worked in various Red Cross disaster service capacities in Texas, Puerto Rico and Massachusetts. Internationally, he has worked in Mexico, El Salvador and Zimbabwe with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and has trained facilitators from the Caribbean to Cuba and Mexico.

Joselito is a collaborative relationship builder with local government and emergency management agencies and is dedicated to the recruitment and development of volunteer staff, as well as increasing capacity and service delivery and serving the most vulnerable communities.

Joselito was born in New York and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and also obtained an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Technology from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus (Magna Cum Laude) and a Bachelor’s in Health Service Administration (Cum Laude).