People: Forest City Enterprises Inc (FCEa.N)
19 Sep 2014
Mr. Louis Stokes is Independent Director of Forest City Enterprises Inc., since 1999. Mr. Stokes is a distinguished visiting professor at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2012, he retired from Squire Sanders, where he served as senior counsel since 1999. In 1968 he became the first African American member of Congress from Ohio and was a tireless advocate for the people of the state and for the broader civil rights movement. During his 30-year tenure in Congress, he chaired several important committees, including the Ethics Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Veteran Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies. Through the years, Mr. Stokes has received numerous awards and honors that recognize his national leadership and strong commitment to public service. Most recently, his strong commitment to diversity and inclusion was honored by the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity with the 2011 Spirit of Excellence Award for his dedication to expanding opportunity in the legal profession to all minorities.
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