Cynthia Stokes Murray
Cynthia Stokes Murray is a 1973 graduate of Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois. She studied special education at Illinois State and Northeastern Universities, with plans to become a special education teacher. However, her path would lead her to Milwaukee in 1989 to pursue a career in retail business. Cynthia’s career began at Chicago’s Carson Pirie Scott in 1975. For over 30 years she served as both a buyer and manager at Bergner’s Corporation in Chicago, and Jos. A. Bank, a men’s apparel shop. From 2011-2012, Cynthia managed Jos. A. Bank stores in Milwaukee and Racine, where she managed a $1.5 billion inventory and directed store operations. She currently serves as President of the National Counsel of Urban League Guilds where she is charged with advancing the “fundraising, leadership development, community service, and public relations” efforts of the National Urban League corps of volunteers. Over the years, Cynthia, has faithfully served as an Urban League National Board Trustee, YMCA Urban Campus Board member, which includes the John C Cudahy, Northside, Parklawn, and Downtown branches. She has been a BloodCenter of Wisconsin board member, Treasurer of the National Urban League Guilds, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee development officer, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin volunteer, and YMCA Parklawn Branch mentor. Cynthia has also been a member of Christ the King Baptist Church for the past eighteen years. Stokes Murray has three adult sons and eight grandchildren.