- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 22, 2004

The American Red Cross has hired Leigh Bradley as chief of staff for its headquarters in Washington. Ms. Bradley, who comes to the Red Cross from the Holland & Knight LLP law firm, will be responsible for working with Red Cross President and Chief Executive Marty Evans.

This includes making sure headquarters programs are carried out while directing the activities of Ms. Evans’ office, acting on her behalf while she is traveling, working as adviser on organizational issues and being her voice when she is unavailable.

Ms. Bradley comes to the Red Cross after an extensive career in law. Before her three-year tenure at Holland & Knight, she was acting chief of staff and general counsel of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She also was principal deputy general counsel of the Navy, served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and spent five years on active duty as an Air Force judge advocate.

Despite Ms. Bradley’s legal background, she has no hand in the legal dealings of the Red Cross, instead leaving them to its general counsel.

Ms. Evans said she hired Ms. Bradley because of her diverse background and reputation for dedication and excellence.

“She’s a first-rate thinker,” Ms. Evans said. “She solves problems instead of making problems. [I also] think she has the personal qualities … that I think are really important for Red Cross leaders.”

Ms. Bradley started working at the Red Cross Aug. 1. Despite her short time there, she received hands-on experience working with the fast-paced nature of the Red Cross by responding to the problems created by various wildfires and Hurricane Charley. She helped organize the disaster-relief efforts and ran the Red Cross headquarters while Ms. Evans was out of town surveying the damage.

The quick involvement, Ms. Evans said, has brought out Ms. Bradley’s true worth to the organization.

“She’s only been on the job since the first of August and she has impressed her colleagues … and more than amply demonstrated that she has the quality, characteristics and experiences to meet the skills of this job,” Ms. Evans said.

Ms. Bradley looks forward to being able to organize the association and work with people through disaster relief.

“Being able to see our organization out in the field actually delivering services and care to folks is amazingly rewarding,” she said.

Ms. Bradley, her husband and 14-year-old daughter have lived in Vienna, Va., for the past 10 years.

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