Trustee Martin Eakes Honored with Human Rights Award
Martin Eakes, a Guilford trustee, has received the 2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Martin is co-founder and CEO of Self-Help, a cluster of five national nonprofits that provide consumer financial services, technical support and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream.
Between the organization’s founding in 1980 and 2012, Self-Help invested more than $6 billion in loan financing to low-income, minority, female and rural borrowers.
A native of North Carolina, Martin holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.P.P. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. In addition to being a Guilford trustee, he serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Principled Problem Solving.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition of more than 200 social justice organizations. There were two winners of the 2013 Humphrey Award: Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, also received the honor at a dinner in Washington on May 2.