Dorcena Forry, five others join EMK Institute board of directors

Linda Dorcena Forry

Dorchester’s Linda Dorcena Forry is one of six newly named members of the Board of Directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate this week. Forry, 44, a former state senator and state representative, is the vice president Northeast region, for diversity, inclusion and community relations at Suffolk Construction. She lives in Lower Mills with her husband, Dorchester Reporter editor Bill Forry, and their four children.

The other new board members are: Andrew H. Card, Jr., chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy and the former chief of staff to President George W. Bush; William “Mo” Cowan, former interim United States Senator; Cody Keenan, a speechwriter for President Barack Obama for more than a decade; Michael Mathis, president and COO of MGM Springfield; and Katherine Newman, the interim chancellor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

“We are excited to welcome six new impressive leaders to the Institute’s Board,” said Jim Karam, chair of the Institute’s board of directors. “Their diverse backgrounds, passion for our mission, and commitment to creating a more engaged democracy will greatly benefit the Institute.”