Sr. Technical Advisor, Institutional Preparedness
José started with the Red Cross in 1986 in the Youth program of the Costa Rica Red Cross. He then held different positions within the disaster management department, where he gained increasing experience in emergency response at regional and international level, before deploying as a Red Cross Regional Intervention Team member throughout the region. In his twenty years of experience in the Movement, José has worked as National Director for Disaster Preparedness and Prevention for the Costa Rica Red Cross, as founder and Coordinator of the renowned Reference Centre for Community Education for Disasters for the Americas (based in Costa Rica, 2003-2010) and as a technical adviser for the creation of the Haitian Red Cross Training Centre (based in Haiti, 2010-2013). He joined the American Red Cross in March 2013 as Disaster Risk Reduction Delegate for the LAC Region. In June 2017, José moved to the American Red Cross’ Preparedness Unit as Institutional Preparedness Advisor for their international programs around the world.