Dr. Lisa M. Coleman

Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation | New York University

Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is New York University’s (NYU) inaugural Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation. In this role, she works to advance, promote, and build capacity for strategic global diversity, equity, inclusion, access, belonging, and innovation initiatives across NYU globally, including at NYU New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi, and the University’s thirteen other sites and numerous global centers. Dr. Coleman is also a faculty member at NYU Stern Business School and teaches at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Prior to NYU, Dr. Coleman served as the first Special Assistant to the President and Chief Diversity Officer at Harvard University where she and her team developed some of the first initiatives focused on the intersections of technology, disability, and access. She has also worked with the Association of American Medical Colleges, Merrill Lynch Inc, and as an independent computer and data analytics consultant.

An interdisciplinary scholar​​, Dr. Coleman earned a doctorate in Social and Cultural Analysis and American Studies from NYU, and three master’s degrees in African and African American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Communication Studies. She also holds certificates focusing on legal theory and intercultural and organizational development and her undergraduate research foci were sociology, anthropology, and computer science. She is the recipient of numerous awards most recently including being named to 2022 NYC 50 most powerful women, 2023 WomenTech Network 30 top influencers, the NYU Nursing School Humanitarian Award, and the Global Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky (Singapore, India and MENA) Americas Most Inspirational Women in Leadership Award recognition for 2023.

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