In July of this year, the American Red Cross of Massachusetts announced Ralph F. Boyd as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Boyd has deep roots in the Boston area, bringing with him a local perspective that has allowed him to hit the ground running. Educated at Harvard Law he began his career in Boston as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Major Crimes Unit followed by the role of partner at Boston-based Goodwin Procter, LLP. Mr. Boyd was then appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States Department of Justice where he served under Attorney General Wayne Budd as the U.S. Attorney General for Civil Rights. Later, Boyd served as Executive Vice President for Community Relations at Freddie Mac, one of Washington D.C.’s largest philanthropic programs.
His experience with non-profit organizations makes Boyd especially qualified to lead the Red Cross in Massachusetts. Boyd was a co-founding member, and held a number of leadership positions at the Center City Public Charter Schools, Inc. a charter management organization that operates six academically rigorous, values-based, public charter schools (K-8) in high need inner-city Washington D.C. communities. He also held leadership roles with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AADP) and Easter Seals.
At the annual ‘Women Who Care’ event in October, Boyd talked about his goals and vision as CEO of the Red Cross in Massachusetts.
“It’s my explicit goal that the Red Cross will push even deeper into our local communities, utilize more expertly trained volunteers and deliver more and better critical services,” said Boyd. “From disaster response, relief and recovery services, to community preparedness and health and safety training, to services to armed forces personnel and their families and to our food pantries and mobile feeding units in especially high need communities.”
Boyd’s dedication to training and preparedness continues with the “Secure Our Future” campaign, a two-year, $3 million dollar campaign that focuses on updating the Disaster Operations Center in Cambridge to expand to the organization’s ability to deliver effective, real-time disaster relief services locally, regionally and nationally.
Since Boyd came on board the Red Cross has responded to more than 150 incidents, supported 1,410 clients statewide and has distributed almost $300,000 in direct financial assistance to disaster victims. Not long after Boyd’s appointment, the Red Cross responded to a tornado in Revere, a major disaster that affected a large community. Boyd was among the first to respond alongside disaster volunteers providing water, food and comfort to many individuals that were affected in the community of Revere.
The Red Cross is not a government organization and relies on the benevolence of our volunteers and donors. Boyd hopes his vision will better enable the organization to continue furthering our mission of alleviating human suffering by mobilizing the power of volunteers and generosity of donors.
“We’re in the life saving and life soothing business, and our volunteers and generous donors are our leverage,” said Boyd.