Dan Wirth, an experienced disaster manager is now running the South Puget Sound and Olympics Red Cross serving Pierce, Lewis, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Jefferson, and Clallam counties. Dan’s history with Red Cross Disaster Services started in March of 2014. In 2016 he was appointed Regional Disaster Officer for the Kentucky Region.
As a Red Crosser, he deployed numerous times, taking on operational leadership roles during the Flint Water Crisis, Texas Flooding, South Carolina Flooding, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. More recently, he had the opportunity to virtually lead a wildfire response in California. Prior to launching his career with the Red Cross, Dan and his wife Phoebe spent time serving with the United States Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic (2010-2013). He has held several positions including working in direct service with adjudicated youth in an outdoor program (2001-2005), representing his alma mater, Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in the admissions office (2005-2009), completing his graduate degree in Intercultural Youth and Family Development at the University of Montana (2010) and as an international consultant for Grassroots Soccer working in Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, El Salvador and Jamaica (2013-2014) prior to joining the American Red Cross.
Dan looks forward to getting to know the South Puget Sound area where he is joined by his wife Phoebe and three young children under 6.