Ryan W. Martel ’03 died on March 4, 2022, in Concord, Massachusetts.
(The following was provided by the Boston Globe on March 16, 2022)
Ryan Walsh Martel, age 41, died on March 4th, 2022, at his home in Concord, Massachusetts, surrounded by his loving family, nearly two years after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Ryan was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, and grew up in Conway, Massachusetts. He graduated from Deerfield Academy (class of 1999), and attended Bowdoin College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and literature. He received his master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in environmental regulatory policy from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Until illness forced his departure, Ryan was the senior director of the federal policy team at Ceres in Boston, focused on working with the Ceres Policy Network of companies and investors to press for comprehensive federal, state, and international climate and clean energy policy. Prior to that, he served as the energy and climate policy advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, and then for Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, helping shape legislation around issues of energy and climate policy, eventually serving as staff director for the Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure, where he focused on energy tax policy. Ryan is survived by his wife of twelve years, Katherine Douglas Martel; a son, Finnegan (aged 7); a daughter Olivia (4); his parents, Garrick Martel and Mary Walsh Martel of Conway; his sister Cyntia (Ron); nephews Urijah, Ezra, and Neven, & Connor, Liam and Rowan; as well as by many aunts, uncles, cousins and a wide circle of friends and colleagues, all of whom will miss him terribly.