Trustee: Donald A. Coleman
Chair and CEO, GlobalHue
B.A., University of Michigan
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2011
City of Residence: New York, New York
Donald Coleman is the Chair and CEO of GlobalHue, the nation's largest minority-owned, full-service marketing communications agency with total market and cultural expertise. Throughout his career, Coleman's firm has been a conduit for companies to speak to cultural markets using nontraditional messages that appeal to their values and beliefs.
Following a four-year stint as a linebacker with the New Orleans Saints and later, the New York Jets, Coleman began his communications career at Campbell-Ewald Advertising where he held a number of positions, including Senior Vice President. Upon leaving Campbell-Ewald, he moved to Chicago to work with a firm that targeted the African-American consumer market. Coleman's career progressed with the fulfillment of his dream to own an advertising agency, Don Coleman Advertising in 1988. In 2002, he united his firm with the Hispanic agency Montemayor y Asociados and the Asian agency Innovasia Communications to form GlobalHue.
In 2009, GlobalHue was recognized as the Multicultural Advertising Agency of the Decade by Adweek. As a visionary and pioneer in the advertising industry, Coleman has received a number of honors. Most recently, he was named one of 12 top Innovators in Marketing and Advertising by Black Enterprise. Other recent awards include: 2010 Best of Black Business Advertising Award; ranked number 31 in the 2010 list of the Top 40 Titans: The Most Powerful African Americans in Business by Black Enterprise Magazine; and 2009 Moss Kendrix Marketer Award from the National Alliance of Market Developers. Coleman serves on a number of boards including A.C. Nielson Marketing External Advisory Board, The Howard University John H. Johnson School of Communications Board of Visitors, the Board of Trustees for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Louis Carr Internship Foundation, the Board of Directors for Talmer Bank and Trust and the National Action Network.
Thoughts on why he chose to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees: My daughter Kelli was a 2006 graduate and watching her grow and mature into a fine Spelman woman was an eye-opening and positive journey. Also, I am a strong believer in quality education for our African-American children. Lastly, I try to share my knowledge and experience with organizations and institutions that are keenly focused on providing opportunities for future generations to grow and prosper.