Dr. Lisa M. Coleman

Senior VP for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation|New York University

 Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is New York University’s (NYU) inaugural Senior VP for Global

Inclusion and Strategic Innovation. Reporting to the President, Dr. Coleman works with
Senior Leaders, internal stakeholders, external partners, and constituents to advance,
promote and build capacity for strategic global inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging and
innovation initiatives across NYU globally and this includes New York, Shanghai and
Abu Dhabi, and NYU’s other thirteen sites, and numerous global centers. Prior to NYU,
Dr. Coleman served as the first Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the
President at Harvard University, 2010-2017. Dr. Coleman’s scholarly work was sparked
by early professional and research work with the Association of American Medical
Colleges, Merrill Lynch Inc., and working as an independent computer consultant with
various for-profit organizations. Dr. Coleman has spent over 20 years working with
numerous colleges and universities, for-profit, and non-profit organizations on
leadership, global inclusion and diversity, innovation and technology. Prior to NYU and
Harvard, she directed the Africana program at Tufts University, and was later appointed
to serve as that institution’s first senior inclusion executive reporting to the President.

Dr. Coleman continues to advise and consult with C-Suite leaders globally. She sits on various national and international boards and her current work focuses on the inter and transdisciplinary intersections of innovation and inclusion within and across cultures globally. Dr. Coleman is the recipient of numerous awards, recognitions, and honors for excellence in teaching and leadership, and for her work on diversity, inclusion, belonging, equity, and innovation globally. Dr. Coleman earned her doctorate in Social and Cultural Analysis, American Studies from NYU and three master’s degrees from the Ohio State University in African and African American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Communication Studies. Her undergraduate foci included sociology/anthropology and computer science.