Governor Whitmer Appoints Three to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission


December 17, 2020

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced the appointment of Richard Corriveau, Anupama Kosaraju and Gloria E. Lara to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

Richard Corriveau, of Northville, is a trial attorney and the president of Richard J. Corriveau Law, P.C. Mr. Corriveau is a veteran of the United States military and previously worked as a public school teacher and an adjunct professor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit Law School. Mr. Corriveau is appointed to represent Democrats for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2024. He succeeds Jeffrey Sakwa whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

Anupama Kosaraju, of Franklin, is currently a community organizer working to increase civic engagement in the South Asian Community in Michigan and nationally. Mrs. Kosaraju is retired from Harman Industries International where she worked as a global procurement controller. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masters of Arts in Communications from the University of Chennai, India and earned her Master of Business Administration in Finance from Wayne State University.  Mrs. Kosaraju is appointed to represent Democrats for a term commencing December 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She succeeds Denise Grim who has resigned. 

Gloria E. Lara, of Grand Rapids, is the executive director of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance. Ms. Lara previously served as the chief executive officer of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Ms. Lara is appointed to represent Independents for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2024. She succeeds Laura Reyes-Kopack whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 to carry out the guarantees against discrimination articulated in Article I, Section 2.  As further stated in Article V, Section 29, the State Constitution directs the Commission to investigate alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, and to "secure the equal protection of such civil rights without such discrimination."  Public Acts 453 and 220 of 1976 and subsequent amendments have added sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disabilities to the original four protected categories.  

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.  


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