Jarrett Barrios has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts since 2011. After graduating Harvard College and Georgetown Law, he practiced law at Hill & Barlow before beginning his public service in 1999. He served four years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and five years as a State Senator chairing the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee and the Vice Chair of the Health Care Committee. In the House, he authored a broad range of legislation from a law to improve emergency room services for immigrants to the creation of a state low-income housing tax credit.
In the state senate, Barrios led the first comprehensive rewrite of the state fire code in the wake of the Station Nightclub fire, the strongest “buffer zone” legislation in the country to protect women’s health centers, a statewide assault weapons ban, as well as authoring witness protection legislation, the gang-prevention “Shannon Grant” program and legislation to protect victims of domestic violence.
Upon leaving the legislature, he has served as the president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in New York City, the Massachusetts Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Boston, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Charles River Conservancy. His passion for humanitarian work and background as a Cuban-American have also led to his lifelong involvement in many efforts to support causes for the disabled and indigent living on the island of Cuba. Read his 2011 article called "People First: The Cuban Travel Ban, Wet Foot-Dry Foot and Why the Executive Branch Can and Should Begin Normalizing Cuban Policy," published in the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal.