Caretha Coleman

Getting her start at Hewlett Packard, Caretha has spent 40 years in the technology industry working with start-ups and early stage ventures in the areas of organizational strategy development; and executive coaching and effectiveness. She served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Software Publishing Corporation, where her leadership was instrumental in pioneering one of the first successful desktop computer software businesses. At Interval Research, Caretha served as CAO with responsibilities for Finance, HR, and Facilities.

Ms. Coleman is former Chairman of the board for Dignity Health (now CommonSpirit). She is a member of the board of The RealReal and is chairman of their Diversity, Inclusion, and Compensation committee. She is an advisor to Illuminate, an early stage VC firm focused on enterprise, cloud and mobile computing, as well as to Launch with GS, and was a founding member of The Angels Forum.

Her philanthropic interests centers on work focused with underrepresented populations. Caretha is co founder of the Black Directors Health Equity Agenda and member of the Board. She chairs the board of The Leverage Network (TLN), is a board member of Accion Opportunity Fund, KIPP Schools in Northern California, and member of the national board of Facing History and Ourselves. In addition, she serves on the advisory boards of the Black Economic Alliance and Culture Shift; and is a Program Advisor to the Black Corporate Readiness Program at Santa Clara University.

An advocate for women and minorities in business, Caretha demonstrates her commitment to mentoring young professionals and entrepreneurs across the country. She has been recognized as one of the Bay Area’s most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times; and Outstanding Director by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and was named a Visionary Leader by the SF Chronicle for her work in diversity. An American Leadership Forum Fellow, Caretha is a recipient of the YMCA’s Red Triangle award, recognizing the highest level of volunteer. She has been recognized with the PACT Leadership award, Black Enterprise Trailblazer award; and as a Visionary Leader in the Bay Area for her work towards creating a more diverse community inside and outside of the workplace.