DeLorenzo has been president since 2013 and will now lead the American Red Cross in three counties.
County Commissioner Donald O'Brien called Rebecca DeLorenzo "a force of stability" at the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. Now, DeLorenzo, who was hired in 2007 and has been president and CEO of the organization since 2013, will step down to take a new position as executive director of the American Red Cross Space Coast Chapter covering Brevard, Flagler and Volusia counties. Her last day with the chamber will be Feb. 24.
DeLorenzo said she came across the new position on LinkedIn. "As I started looking at the mission of the Red Cross, it spoke to my heart, and it seemed like a cool opportunity for my next chapter."
She said her family intends to remain rooted in Flagler County, a place she has come to love.
"I didn't know what to expect when I joined the chamber," she said. "But I would say the highlight was getting to know and having a deeper respect for Flagler County. We are small in size, but we rally together. We've been through some hard times, but to see how the small business community persevered was amazing, and I'm proud to have been a part of it."
Jimmy Millhollin, who will be installed as chairman of the Flagler County Chamber Board of Directors at a banquet Jan. 27, said, “We will miss Rebecca greatly. She has been an outstanding leader, and we can't thank her enough for all she has done, both personally and professionally. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”
O'Brien was chairman of the chamber in 2007, and he actively recruited DeLorenzo to join the team. He said she was a quick study and took advantage of professional development opportunities to grow as a manager. But, he said, "Sometimes people see a path for their career, and they want to take it. I wish her well. I'm proud of her."