Appointed: January 28, 2005 by Governor Jennifer Granholm.
Brian Cloyd is vice president of Global Community Relations for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry.
This role, which Brian assumed in September 2006, is an expansion of his previous position as director of Corporate & Community Relations for Steelcase North America. Brian is responsible for coordinating Steelcase efforts in the areas of diversity, government relations and public policy, corporate relations and community giving & volunteer programs. He also works with the environmental team to ensure that Steelcase's sustainability strategies are included in the broader point of view.
Mr. Cloyd joined Steelcase in 1978 as an employment representative. Since then, he's held various positions in employment, human resources, and corporate/community relations. Before joining Steelcase, he worked for the City of Grand Rapids as a supervisor. His primary objective was job training for economically disadvantaged people.
Born March 17, 1951, in St. Louis, Mo., he earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Detroit in 1973. In 1976, he received a master of arts from the University of Detroit in public administration.
Brian serves on the boards of directors for the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology, Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, and the Workforce Development Council. He serves on the board of the Grand Rapids University Preparatory Association. Brian is a member of the board of trustees for Northern Michigan University, the advisory council for the College of Arts and Education for the University of Detroit Mercy, and the advisory council for Grand Valley State University College of Business. Additionally, Brian is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the editorial board for Diversity Executive magazine.