Chief Marshal of the 235th Celebration

Suzanne Magaziner

May 27, at Linden Place, Michele Martins announced the Chief Marshal for the 235th consecutive celebration.

Please extend congratulations to Suzanne, and welcome her to the Fourth of July Chief Marshal family.

Suzanne Magaziner made her career in business strategy consulting, first with the Boston Consulting Group and later as an

executive in the international consulting firm she co-founded with her husband Ira.  They have made Bristol their home since they were married.  During the Clinton Administration they split their time between Bristol and Washington, D.C, where she served as in the Office of the First Lady.


Since her retirement, Suzanne has dedicated herself to non-profit work, especially those involved with helping the underserved. She is currently chair of Trinity Rep, a position she has held since 2014, and was on its Board for more than ten additional years before that.  Trinity’s work includes its nationally recognized Project Discovery which has brought nearly 1.5 million school children to low cost performances since it was established, as well as a program for autistic children and adults (TRAIN), which has also become a national model.  For more than a dozen years, Suzanne has also been on the Board of Sophia Academy, a private middle school for girls from low-income homes in Providence.  In addition, she was a founding Board member of Nowell Leadership Academy, an alternative high-school for pregnant, parenting, and at-risk students; and was on the Boards of Roger Williams University, Save the Bay, Save Bristol Harbor, and several schools. Together with her husband, she has made available acreage on their Bristol farm for the East Bay Food Pantry to raise fresh, organic vegetables and, beginning in 2020, bees for honey for their clients.  


Suzanne was the recipient of the 2019 Woman of Wisdom Award from Sophia Academy; the 2018 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award; the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropic Award from the RI Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; the 2012 Providence Place Gives award, and the 2012 Citizens Award from Save Bristol Harbor. 


She is a graduate of Wellesley College, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School and has a Master’s degree in history from Brown University.


Suzanne and Ira are the proud parents of three children and two grandchildren:  Seth, who is married to Julia McDowell; Jonathan, who together with Jennifer Doorly Magaziner are parents of grandsons Ronan and Kieran; and Sarah.  They are so happy that they made their home in Bristol many years ago, and to have been a part of the Bristol Fourth of July since 1981.


P.O. Box 561

Bristol, RI 02809


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