Lisa Coleman

Sr Vp for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer, New York University


Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is New York University’s (NYU) inaugural Senior VP for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation, and Chief Diversity Officer. Reporting to the President, Dr. Coleman works with Deans, 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, and during her tenure, she and her team developed some of the first initiatives focused on the intersections of technology and disability. 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 (GID), innovation and technology, including collaborating with members of the Diversity Works team in Auckland, New Zealand. 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 GID 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 diverse 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.