Chamber Member Spotlight: American Red Cross Silicon Valley Ken Toren

Chamber Member Spotlight: American Red Cross Silicon Valley Ken Toren

Interview with Ken Toren, CEO for the American Red Cross Silicon Valley.

In this position, Toren serves in a leadership role working with more than 1,500 local volunteers and many community partners to improve the resiliency of the communities and the two million residents of Santa Clara County to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters as well as promoting the growth of American Red Cross lifesaving programs and services throughout Silicon Valley.

When was the company founded?

American Red Cross was founded in 1881 and is celebrating its 139th year in service. The Silicon Valley Chapter has been in existence since 1917.

What products or services does the company provide? 

Our Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

The Red Cross stands ready to help those in need – to shelter, feed and provide emotional support to victims of disasters; supply 40% of the nation’s blood; teach skills that prepare us and save lives; offer international humanitarian aid; and support military members and their families. 

How is the company involved in the community?

We rely on our workforce – 90% of which are volunteers—to help millions of people, especially during local home fires, wildfires, as well as national hurricanes and disasters, and the COVID19 Pandemic. In addition, thanks to many generous donors, 90 cents of every dollar we spend is invested in providing humanitarian services to those in need.

For more information about American Red Cross services, to volunteer, donate, or give blood, please visit