CARETHA COLEMAN

CARETHA COLEMAN

CARETHA COLEMAN

Principal, Coleman Consulting

Caretha Coleman is Chairman of the Board of Dignity Health, a $16 billion healthcare system whose mission focuses on the delivery of quality healthcare to the underserved.  She has significant early stage investment, organizational development, and operational experience. As a principal of Coleman Consulting, her practice focused on working with start-ups and early stage ventures in the areas of strategy development, executive coaching and organizational effectiveness -  Making Organizations Work  as sheputs it.

A respected professional in Silicon Valley,  Caretha’s experience spans 35 years in the technology industry in companies such as Interval Research, a Silicon Valley Research lab and incubator, where she was the executive responsible for Corporate Administration, including the areas of Finance, Human Resources and Facilities.  Prior to Interval, Caretha was EVP, with global responsibility for Human Resources at Software Publishing Corporation, where her leadership was instrumental in pioneering one of the first successful desktop computer software businesses for 10 years.  Caretha began her career in the Silicon Valley companies of Hewlett Packard and Spectra Physics.

Caretha was a founding member of The Angels’ Forum, a unique ‘angel’ investment organization in Palo Alto where she served on the Advisory Committee and worked closely with entrepreneurs vetting their ideas and providing guidance and coaching.  An advocate for women and minorities in business, Caretha demonstrates her commitment to mentoring young professionals and entrepreneurs across the country.

As a believer in philanthropy and an active leader in the community, Caretha’s volunteer efforts and professional affilications are numerous.  Among these commitments, she has served as Campaign Chair of the East Palo Alto YMCA, where she led a capital campaign that resulted in successfully raising $17 million to build a YMCA in this very underserved community. She continues to be on the board and served as Chair for two terms. She is a member of the Board Emeriti of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where she was part of a task force that concluded a merger of two key organizations (PCF and CFSV) to create what is now the largest foundation of its kind in the country with over $6 billion in assets;  she also chaired its governance committee. Caretha Serves on the advisory boards of Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness , Facing History and Ourselves; and the Ravenswood Health Clinic, a FQHC in East Palo Alto, CA. She is also a member of the National Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the US Tennis Association.  Caretha is a Black Corporate Director; and an American Leadership Forum Fellow. She most recently was named as one of the Bay Area’s most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times; and a 2015 Outstanding Director by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Caretha and her husband, Ken, have been married for 36 years and together have 6 children and 13 grandchildren.