Eastern Bank's 2022 Social Justice Award Honoree

Ralph Martin wears a blue suit jacket and black dress pants

Ralph C. Martin II

With 40 years of experience as a public leader, business advisor, mentor and trial lawyer, Ralph C. Martin II is known for his inclusive leadership and advocacy for people and communities who are historically underrepresented in the workplace. His efforts to bridge gaps to reduce crime and build community have been recognized by local and national leaders for decades.

Ralph is currently a Partner at Prince Lobel Tye, LLP, where he helps clients understand the interplay of law, business strategy, public policy, and government regulation. Before joining Prince Lobel, Ralph was a member of Northeastern University’s senior leadership team as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. During his 11 years at the university, Northeastern University increased its geographical footprint, opening campuses in major cities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and he was also instrumental in bridging town-gown challenges between the university and the residents of Boston.

Ralph is also the former Suffolk County District Attorney, having served as the elected prosecutor for Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop from 1992–2002. As the first Black DA for Boston, he was credited with helping to oversee substantial changes in the way law enforcement collaborated with other agencies to make dramatic improvements in crime prevention and prosecution.

Throughout his professional career, Ralph has consistently given back to our communities. He served as Chair of the Board at The Partnership, Chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Board at Blue Cross Blue Shield. He currently serves on the Board of Boston Children’s Hospital.


Past Recipients of Social Justice Award


Year Name Organization
2021 Gladys Vega La Colaborativa
2020 Robert Lewis, Jr. The BASE
2019 Ronald F. Ferguson The Basics
2018 Paula A. Johnson Wellesley College
2017 Chau-ming Lee Asian American Civic Association
2016 Marylou Sudders Executive Office of Health & Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
2015 John E. Rosenthal Meredith Management, Stop Handgun Violence
2014 Jeffrey C. Riley Superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools
2013 Mayor Thomas Menino City of Boston
2012 Rebecca Haag AIDS Action Committee
2011 Suzanne Kenney Project Place
2010 Eva Millona Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
2009 David Waters Community Servings
2008 Mindy Lubber Ceres
2007 Dr. Jim O'Connell Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
2006 Julie Marston & Dr. Cal Cohen Community Research Initiative of N.E. ("CRI")
2005 Carol Rose ACLU of Massachusetts
2004 Mary Bonauto Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
2003 Anne Peretz & Cheryl Vines The Family Center
2002 Dr. Julia Brody Silent Spring Institute
2001 Jonathan Scott Victory Programs
2000 Sister Barbara Whelan Bridge Over Troubled Waters
1999 Philip Mangano MA Housing & Shelter Alliance
1998 Robert A. Sable Greater Boston Legal Services
1997 Anna Bissonnette, Elsie Frank & Ruth Cowin Committee to End Elder Homelessness
1996 Kip Tiernan Rosie's Place
1995 Todd Summers AIDS Housing Corporation
1994 Sister Jeannette Normandin Ruah
1993 Westy Egmont Greater Boston Food Bank
1992 Loretta Davis Cambridge YWCA
1991 Jackie Jenkins-Scott Dimock Community Health Center
1990 Lisa Chapnick Public Facilities Department
1989 Richard Ring Pine Street Inn


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