Linda Dorcena Forry
VP for Diversity | Suffolk Construction
Linda Dorcena Forry is a former Democratic member of the Massachusetts Senate, who represented the 1st Suffolk district from June 2013 - January 2018. She stepped down to become a vice president for diversity and inclusion at Suffolk Construction.
A daughter of Haitian immigrants with a Catholic upbringing, Forry has a background familiar to many whose families landed in Boston on earlier immigrant waves, and later marryied into a Irish-American family.
"The immigrant story is the American story. Only in this country can you start from humble beginnings and become a state senator."
Her favorite Haitian proverb is Dèye mòn gen mòn – there are mountains beyond mountains. “In life, there’s always another challenge where you can use the things that you’ve learned to do better.”
Senator Forry has received numerous recognitions and awards for her leadership, including some of the following: the United Way Women Who Live United Award (2016); Community Health Center Leader Award (2016) for her steadfast support of community health centers; YMCA Legislative Champion Award (2014); Boys & Girls Clubs Champion of Youth Award (2014); Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award (2013); Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC)'s Public Service Award (2013).