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Patricia P. Stokes

Patricia P. Stokes
Urban League of Middle Tennessee

Patricia Stokes earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University (Washington, DC) and her master’s degree in clinical social work from Smith College (Northampton, MA). She has worked for most of her professional career in the non-profit sector. Her work has focused on community capacity building, education, health and human services. She served nine years with the Areas Health Education program in Atlanta, GA and another nine with the American Red Cross, first as a center director and later as the director of youth services for the entire metropolitan area. 

Following her work at the American Red Cross, Stokes worked as an organizational consultant.  During the five-year tenure, she supported program implementation, compliance, evaluation and fund development for a small group of non-profits in the greater Atlanta area.  She later served at Meharry Medical College as the manager of the newly established Center for Women’s Health Research. Since 2008, Stokes has served as president and CEO of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee in the greater Nashville area. The Middle Tennessee affiliate serves as the lead affiliate on the National Urban League’s Equity and Excellence Initiative, which is funded by the Gates Foundation. She also served as co-chair of the Nashville Area Chamber’s Report Card Committee and as a member of the Tennessee Department of Education’s Teacher Leader Cadre for the implementation of the PARCC Assessment process. 

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