Ruth Ellen Fitch served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dimock Center in Boston for nine years, returning to the Roxbury neighborhood where she grew up, bringing her significant experience managing complex organizations, as well as her commitment to helping others overcome social and economic obstacles. She retired in June 2013. Prior to her position with Dimock, Ms. Fitch practiced law for over twenty years with Palmer & Dodge LLP where she became the first Black woman partner at a Boston law firm. Before attending law school, Ms. Fitch was Director of the METCO program in the Brookline Public Schools, a voluntary integration program between Boston schools and suburban school districts. She also taught Black literature at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where she served for three years on the Law School Administrative Board.
She serves as a Trustee of Boston Medical Center, a Trustee of Curry College, a Director of Health Law Advocates and a Trustee of the Ludcke Foundation. She is a former Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.
Ms. Fitch received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Curry College in 2011 and an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Simmons College in 2014. She received the Pinnacle Award for achievement in the legal profession from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts Award, the Charles Hamilton Houston Public Service Award from the Harvard Black Law Students Association, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Girls’ Latin School/Boston Latin Academy, where she has been a commencement speaker.