Mathieu Nelessen, 36 American Red Cross, Regional CEO
Accomplishments: Managing the agency’s response to Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey six months after taking over leadership of the organization; helping launch a charter school in Brooklyn.
Super Power: Mindreading.
Most Influential Role Models: “My parents have been role models on a number of different levels, from morals and ethics, to vision and passion. Professionally, I have spent years keenly observing managers and leaders to identify positive and negative behaviors and techniques to help me hone my skills and abilities.”
Steps to Balance Life and Work: “Balance has been difficult in light of our response and recovery work after superstorm Sandy. It takes discipline. And lucky for me, I have a massively supportive wife, friends and family to assist me when the balance shifts one way or the other.”
People Would Be Surprised to Know: “I speak French fluently. Half of my family lives in the south of France, where they make award-winning goat cheese.”
With $1 Million to Donate, You Would Support: The American Red Cross, Mercer Street Friends and the Princeton Waldorf School.
American Red Cross
Princeton, Mercer County
Superhero Name: Freud