Lisa Coleman

Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is Harvard University’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President, and is responsible for developing a strategic approach – and the supporting initiatives and platforms – for promoting diversity and inclusion (D&I) across Harvard University’s schools and programs.

Dr. Coleman has worked with numerous organizations, universities, and colleges prior to Harvard, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, Merrill Lynch Inc., the City University of New York, the College of Wooster, Vassar College, and Tufts University. She directed the Africana program at Tufts University, and also served as that institution’s first senior D&I officer where she worked with the President, Provost, and other senior leaders to create and implement university-wide D&I strategies. Dr. Coleman has received numerous awards for teaching and academic leadership, and for her work on equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Dr. Coleman 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.