The Board of Directors at the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center is excited for Chester Jourdan, our past executive director and wish him every success as he takes the helm for the American Red Cross in Beaumont and Orange.
Beaumont, Texas, August 18, 2014 - The leadership of the American Red Cross Beaumont and Orange County Chapters are pleased to announce that Chester R. Jourdan, Jr.
has been selected as the new Executive Director.
will assume his
new responsibilities on Monday, August 18, 2014.
As Executive Director, he will serve in a leadership role to improve the resiliency of the communities served by the Red Cross.
leadership will help community members to respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters as well as promoting the growth, quality and constituency of Red Cross programs and services throughout the Golden Triangle and Deep East Texas Counties.
was selected for this position based on his
fundraising expertise, community involvement and knowledge working with the private sector, not for profit organizations and local governments throughout Southeast Texas.
focus will be on relationships.
"I want to strengthen our current relationships and develop new relationships for the future on behalf of the Red Cross," said Jourdan
"I am looking forward to serving our community through the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross
from disaster preparedness and recovery to service to our military troops and veterans.
You can also continue to count on your American Red Cross
to respond to disasters, large and small," said Jourdan
Most recently, Chester was Executive Director of the South East Texas Nonprofit Development Center in Beaumont.
Prior to returning to Texas, he served as the Executive Director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, Ohio.
Chester also served as Executive Director of the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission in Beaumont.
In that role he
addressed regional initiatives by promoting collaboration and cooperation with government and private sector interests.
was also engaged in the relief efforts for 27,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees and helped lead efforts in the evacuation, relief, recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.
family relocated to Columbus, Ohio Chester
returned to Southeast Texas to volunteer for two weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
Chester has also worked for the United States Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA and Fort Worth, TX.
He earned a Masters in Urban and Regional Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science at Stephen F. Austin State University.
He was a member of the U.S. Army serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division, respectively.
While serving in the Middle East he
was notified by the American Red Cross
about the birth of his