Looking for a career that would allow her to help others, Carolyn Coleman found the United States Agency for International Development to be the perfect match. USAID is the leading U.S. government agency working to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their full potential. In her position as the deputy director of strategic planning, Dr. Coleman focuses her efforts on increasing the quality of life for those in Asia, as well as finding ways to boost economies and respect governance.
Dr. Coleman received an educational doctorate in child development from Nova Southeastern University in 1995, and was always interested in international affairs while she was in college. She eventually participated in an internship with USAID, and from that moment on, she knew that’s where she wanted to be. Over the past 36 years, she has worked for the organization in a number of different roles, and has found her strengths to be her persistence, determination and her passion for making people’s lives better.
In the future, Dr. Coleman would like to be remembered as a woman who cared about humanity. Her compassion and empathy has made her a leader and a role model for many people, as well as allowed her to leave her mark on improving conditions in other countries as well as in the United States. She is also very proud of her three year battle to change the logo of the organization.
Outside of her work, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc and The International Women’s Leadership Association. She is also very active in her church, is in the College of Elders and donates regularly to the Dwelling Place. Dr. Coleman is currently battling breast cancer and is trying to balance her medical needs with her important position with USAID. She is proud to say that she is winning the battle, and she can’t wait to continue her work sharing her experience and knowledge with communities around the world.
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