Please join us for lunch!

For our meeting Monday Jan 10th we welcome Rod Tolbert, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red
Cross of South Carolina.


Rod Tolbert assumed the role the Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of South Carolina in July 2020 after the departure of longtime CEO, Louise Welch Williams. Mr. Tolbert, who has been with the organization for over 20 years.

Prior to this role, Tolbert was the Vice President for Disaster Services Technology for Disaster Cycle Services at the American Red Cross’s National Headquarters. In that role, he oversaw a team of staff and dedicated volunteers that provided IT Support for regional and national level Disasters. He joined the organization in July of 1998 as the Health and Safety Director for the Greenwood, S.C. Chapter and has progressively taken on leadership responsibilities at the American Red Cross.

Tolbert has extensive knowledge in the organization’s disaster, fundraising, service delivery and training services operations. He also has a proven track record collaborating and building partnerships with organizations like the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, FEMA Information Technology, Verizon, ATT, Fidelity and Common Cause to advance the Red Cross Mission.

In his new role, Tolbert will oversee a region that consists of four local Chapters and 42 counties across South Carolina. He will be based in Columbia, SC.

Tolbert is a recipient of the American Red Cross Spirit of Excellence Award, Completed the American Red Cross Chapter Executive StarTrac program and Alumni for the American Express Non-Profit Executive Leadership Academy. 

He is a native of South Carolina and is happy to return home where most of his family resides. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Education from South Carolina State University and completed studies in Public Administration at George Mason University.