The American Red Cross of Massachusetts, today, announced the selection of Ralph Boyd as its new Chief Executive Officer. Boyd brings more than 20 years of relevant leadership experience to his new role having served in several influential positions, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Freddie Mac Foundation and Assistant Attorney General of the United States. He replaces Sara Peller, who has served as interim CEO since February 2014 and will assume his role on July 7.
“We are delighted to welcome Ralph to the American Red Cross of Massachusetts,” said John Stadtler, Red Cross of Massachusetts board chair on behalf of the Massachusetts Board, the Search Committee, and Don Herring, Northeast Division Vice President of the American Red Cross - each of who has worked diligently over the past several months meeting with several highly qualified candidates. “Ralph is a successful leader with an extensive record of developing solid relationships that transform vision into action and we are confident that his dynamic leadership will strengthen our capacity to deliver on our mission in every community across the state.”
In his new position, Boyd will provide leadership to the 6,000 local volunteers and 65 paid employees who serve over 6.6 million residents of Massachusetts with lifesaving programs and services. “I am honored to be selected to lead this outstanding organization,” said Boyd. “I look forward to working with the dedicated volunteers, employees, board members, community partners and donors to strengthen our communities and help people in need.”
Boyd, a native of Schenectady, NY is no stranger to Massachusetts. His impressive career began in Boston as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Major Crimes Unit followed by the role of counsel and then partner in the trial and corporate litigation department at Goodwin Procter, LLP, a Boston based law firm. Later, as Executive Vice President, Community Relations at Freddie Mac, Boyd oversaw one of the Washington, D.C. region's largest philanthropic programs, which includes corporate giving, foundation grant making and employee volunteer activities. Most recently, he was a co-founding member, and variously Chairman, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Center City Public Charter Schools, Inc. a charter organization that operates six academically rigorous, values-based, public charter schools (K-8) in high need inner-city Washington DC communities. In previous roles, Boyd served the Head of the Justice Department's civil rights division and Assistant Att orney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice.
With nearly a decade of humanitarian service through leadership roles with organizations including the American Association of People with Disabilities and Easter Seals, Boyd exemplifies the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering here at home and around the world.
Boyd earned a Bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Suffolk University in 2001. Boyd is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National Housing Partnership Foundation, a national nonprofit affordable housing developer, owner and provider of human services for vulnerable residents of high need communities, and sits on several Boards including Direct TV, Sandy Spring Bancorp, Easter Seals, Inc., and Easter Seals, Inc. International.