Community Foundation names two new board members

In Press Release

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is pleased to welcome JoAnn Chávez and Chuck Stokes as its newest board members.

“We are honored that JoAnn Chávez and Chuck Stokes are bringing their leadership, experience, and passion as new members of the Community Foundation board of trustees,” says Mariam Noland, president, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

“Their dedication to improving the lives of people in our region will be immensely helpful in our ongoing mission to create permanent, positive change.”

JoAnn Chávez is senior vice president and chief legal officer for DTE Energy. In addition to her role there, Chávez is also a strong advocate for young people, most recently founding the Michigan Hispanic Collaborative (MiHC) — a Michigan nonprofit that focuses on economic equity and provides opportunities for first-generation Hispanic students, like herself, to graduate from college.

Chávez also currently sits on the board of the DTE Energy Foundation. She is the past chairwoman of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was recently appointed by Governor Whitmer to the State of Michigan Women’s Commission.

Chuck Stokes is the editorial/public affairs director for WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 in Detroit. He has a long list of personal awards and achievements, including 12 Emmy Awards for editorial reporting and two Emmys for documentary reporting.

He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and past president of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.

In 2001, Stokes received the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2011,  he was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.

About the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $1.1 billion through more than 74,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties.