Vanessa Coleman is a principal technical assistance consultant at AIR. Dr. Coleman currently manages AIR’s investment project, Say Yes to Education, in both Syracuse and Buffalo, New York. With a particular focus on multi-stakeholder education reform initiatives, Dr. Coleman also serves on a wide variety of hands-on technical assistance district-wide projects.
Prior to AIR, Dr. Coleman owned and operated a consulting firm focused on facilitating leadership through effective and sustainable change management. Emphasizing innovation, scaling change, and capacity building for education-focused entities, she has worked with a range of clients, from local government entities to large-scale non-for profits. She also has extensive not-for-profit leadership experience and served as executive director of a national comprehensive school reform think tank and network, the Coalition of Essential Schools. Prior to that, Dr. Coleman served as Executive Director of Summerbridge National (now the Breakthrough Collaborative), an international youth development program focused on academic achievement.