GCCR announced today the appointment of Bill Harrison as the organization’s interim CEO. A freelance writer and nonprofit consultant, Harrison retired last March from the American Red Cross, Greater Richmond Region, as the Regional Director of Public and Government Affairs. He had served with the Red Cross for fifteen years. Prior to that, he was the first public information officer for the Virginia Department of Health’s Bureau of STD/AIDS. He also worked for several years with the Fan Free Clinic in development and community affairs.
“We are elated that we could snag Bill,” stated Beth Marschak, incoming GCCR Board Chair. “He is so well respected, has a wealth of nonprofit experience, is a bridge-builder and people person. His commitment to the community’s causes has been proven many times.”
“I was very humbled, but a bit conflicted when they approached me,” stated Harrison. “I took early retirement last spring and have loved my new life of writing. It is a decision I took very seriously as I wanted to make sure I could deliver what is needed as we strategize the Center’s future.”
“I had my questions, my concerns, and the board addressed all of them. We had very honest, direct conversations. I have complete confidence in their support and can’t wait to get to work,” he said.
Harrison’s affiliations include serving as Board Chair for the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities; Public Relations Society of America, Richmond Chapter; past board chair of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and past board member of the Virginia ACLU.