June 9, 2020 – Executive search firm Lochlin Partners has assisted SOME (So Others Might Eat), a charity that serves the poor in Washington, D.C., in placing Ralph F. Boyd as the non-profit’s new president and CEO. After 42 years as SOME’s first president, the Rev. John Adams will continue to serve in an emeritus role, supporting fundraising and advising the organization’s leadership.
“Ralph has a long history of service to our local community,” said Father Adams. “We couldn’t be more pleased and excited to welcome someone who has demonstrated such dedication, compassion and integrity to SOME and its fellowship. We look forward to Ralph’s contributions and how he can play a critical role in SOME’s future efforts.”
Mr. Boyd is currently the senior resident fellow for leadership and strategy at the Urban Land Institute. He first became acquainted with SOME during his seven years as chairman, president and CEO of the Freddie Mac Foundation. From 2005 to 2012, he was responsible for the national capital region’s largest corporate philanthropic program, which included major financial support for SOME’s affordable housing and supportive services for low income and formerly homeless families. As CEO of the Massachusetts region of the American Red Cross, Mr. Boyd oversaw services for 6.7 million people in more than 350 cities and towns throughout the region.
Mr. Boyd has spent many years working in service of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, including as assistant attorney general of the U.S. heading the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; as a co-founding board member, chairman and interim president and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools, a consortium of six academically rigorous public charter schools in high need Washington, D.C. communities; and as chairman of the NHP Foundation, a national non-profit developer and owner of affordable housing with supportive services for vulnerable residents.
Mr. Boyd takes the helm of Washington, D.C.’s largest comprehensive human services organization as it marks 50 years of serving the city’s most vulnerable residents. He will oversee 384 employees and over 8,000 volunteers, a budget of nearly $35 million and, most importantly, SOME’s hallmark continuum of care, which includes seven crucial lines of service: SOME’s dining room and emergency services, healthcare, mental health services, substance use disorder treatment, services for senior citizens, job training and affordable housing.
“Under the steady leadership of Father John, SOME has grown and adapted to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors, expanding over the past 50 years from a small soup kitchen to the comprehensive service organization we are today,” said Sister Mary Bader, chair of SOME’s governing board of directors. “We knew that his successor would need to have the same vision and ingenuity. Ralph brings the strong background in strategic, financial and operational planning that SOME needs as the company heads into its next 50 years of service.”
“It’s a profound honor and challenge to receive the leadership baton from Father John, and I am deeply grateful for the confidence the SOME board has reposed in me,” Mr. Boyd said. “It will take our best—and I commit to giving my very best—to advance SOME’s mission of meeting the critical needs of our most vulnerable neighbors and sustaining SOME’s growth and capacity to serve more people who need it.”
SOME is an interfaith, community-based service organization that helps and support residents of Washington, D.C. experiencing homelessness and poverty. The organization helps meet immediate daily needs by providing food, clothing and healthcare. In addition, SOME offers a variety of services, including affordable housing, counseling, addiction treatment and job training, designed to help people find pathways out of poverty and achieve long-term stability and success.
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