Press Release

California Community Foundation Names Jarrett Barrios as Senior Vice President of Strategic Community and Programmatic Initiatives

Press Release | May 21, 2020

LOS ANGELES – The California Community Foundation (CCF) proudly announces that after an extensive search process, Jarrett Barrios has been named Senior Vice President of Strategic Community and Programmatic Initiatives.

CCF leads positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles communities. We envision a future where all Angelenos will have the opportunity to contribute to the productivity, health and well-being of the region. Jarrett Barrios brings together a rich background in philanthropy, public policy, nonprofit administration and fundraising with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. Like CCF, Jarrett believes in diversity, collaboration, accountability and inclusiveness. He joins CCF at a critical moment. We face unprecedented challenges that require vision, partnership and an unyielding commitment to social change.  Jarrett is eager to meet with CCF staff, nonprofit and community partners, donors, advisors and all members of our community. He will officially begin in his role at CCF on July 13th.

“Everything I’ve done up until this point has prepared me for this role,” said Jarrett Barrios. “It is a distinct privilege to help guide one of our LA County’s most storied and impactful philanthropic organizations at this important inflection point in our nation’s history,” Said Jarrett Barrios. “From Massachusetts to LA, all of my knowledge and skills will be poured into this role, and I am honored to be working with an organization with a deep-rooted connection to the community. This is where my passion lies.”

Jarrett will be joining CCF from the American Red Cross of Los Angeles Region, where he served as CEO. In that role, he has overseen long-range planning, staff development, core program execution, financial management and fundraising.  Most notably, he developed and launched the award-winning Prepare LA 2.0 community resiliency program using demographic and disaster data to strategically focus, organize and serve vulnerable populations in the county.  He also previously served as CEO of the Red Cross Massachusetts Region.  Prior to the Red Cross, Jarrett was CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, before serving as CEO of GLAAD.

Serving 8 years in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as both a state representative and state senator, Jarrett authored and passed legislation to advance solutions to youth violence, health care access and homelessness.  Jarrett received his A.B from Harvard College and his J.D from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is currently the board president of the Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations and board director of CLASP.

“I am delighted to welcome Jarrett Barrios to our CCF family. His strategic thinking, connection to community and management expertise will help drive the long-term impact we hope to create through our advocacy, outreach and community investments,” said CCF president & CEO Antonia Hernández.

The California Community Foundation has served as a public, charitable organization since 1915, empowering donors to pursue their own personal passions and to collaborate with us in addressing the root causes of challenges in Los Angeles County. CCF stewards $1.8 billion in assets and manages 1,700 charitable foundations, funds and legacies. For more information, please visit 

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