Caretha Coleman

Caretha Coleman

Former Chairman of the Board, Dignity Health and CEO, Coleman Consulting

Caretha Coleman

Former Chairman of the Board, Dignity Health
CEO, Coleman Consulting

Having most recently served as Chairman of the Board of Dignity Health, a $16 billion healthcare system headquartered in San Francisco, Caretha has significant early stage investment, organizational development, and operational experience. As a principal of Coleman Consulting, Caretha focused her practice on working with start-ups and early stage ventures in the areas of strategy development, executive coaching and organizational effectiveness  – making organizations work’  as she puts it.

A respected professional in SiliconValley,  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 Chief Adiministrative Officer with responsibility for 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 dollars to build a YMCA in this very underserved community. As a long term member of the board, she served as Chair for two terms. Caretha is a member of the Board Emeriti of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where she was part of a taskforce 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 and Giving committees. Besides being a member of the National Board of Facing History and Ourselves; Caretha serves on its Bay Area advisory board. Caretha demonstrates her commitment to provide quality healthcare to the underserved by her work on the Dignity Health board;  and an advisory board member of 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; and  is an American Leadership Forum Fellow.

Caretha is a member of Black Corporate Directors; and was named an Outstanding Board Director by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2015, and one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women by the San Francisco  Business Times in 2015 and 2016.  She is a recipient of the YMCA’s Red Triangle Award . For her work in diversity, Caretha most recently received the Black Enterprise Trailblazer award: and was nominated as a Visionary Leader by the SF Chronicle .

Caretha and her husband Ken have been married for 38 years and have 6 children and 13 grandchildren.