Cynthia Coleman

Senior Executive Assistant,
Office of the President

Cynthia Coleman is the director of operations for the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Research Group in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She oversees the day-to-day operations and coordinates program activities, major funding agencies and external partners for the team. She is also the senior executive assistant to the Office of CASEL’s president, providing direct administrative support as well as supporting CASEL’s board of directors. She has been working closely with Dr. Roger Weissberg for nearly two decades.

Before coming to CASEL Cynthia was the program manager for Harvard University’s Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. The project was a $32 million, seven-year longitudinal study aimed at deepening society’s understanding of the causes of juvenile delinquency, adult crime, substance abuse, and violence. She was responsible for directing the administrative supports to field operations, human resources, and facilities management for a staff of more than 100 as well as overseeing day-to-day operations.