Lisa M. Coleman, Ph.D.


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Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President – Harvard University

Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is Harvard University’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President. Dr. Coleman is responsible for advancing strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives across Harvard’s schools, museums, centers, institutes, and leadership programs.

She earned her doctorate in Social and Cultural Analysis, American Studies from New York University 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 scholarly work on equity and leadership was sparked by early professional experiences with Merrill Lynch, Inc. and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Prior to Harvard, she directed the Africana program at Tufts University, and served as the university’s first Senior Diversity Officer. Dr. Coleman has received numerous awards for teaching and academic leadership, and for her work in disability and gender equity. She continues to consult globally and she sits on various national and international boards.