Hometown Heroes 2018: Ralph PadillaLast Edited:
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J.—Ralph Padilla has served on numerous local, state and national boards and commissions. Hispanic community initiatives throughout Southern N.J. has led to this Hometown Heroes nomination. As a 25-year law enforcement officer, in 2005, Ralph was the first Hispanic to be appointed chief of a County Prosecutor’s Office.
After he retired, he created his own LLC, the Padilla Group, specializing in consulting for governmental and corporate clients. In 2013, he was elected mayor of Pittsgrove Township and again made history as the first Hispanic in public office in Salem County. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of community hospital in Southern New Jersey and is CEO of PRAC of Southern New Jersey.
PRAC, or Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern NJ, serves as a “vital link” in Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties along with a portion of Atlantic County for promoting opportunities for Hispanic citizens. In 2017 his vision led to the opening of the Hispanic Institute of Cultural, Health, and Economic Empowerment Initiatives. Ralph continues to be a national speaker on Cultural Diversity, Ethics, and Police Accountability practices.
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