Art ColemanDoug Ward
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
With extensive background in providing legal, policy, strategic planning, and advocacy services to educators throughout the country, Mr. Coleman addresses issues of access, accountability, and completion in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.
Mr. Coleman is a 1984 honors graduate of Duke University School of Law and a 1981 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia. Mr. Coleman served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights from June 1997 until January 2000, following his tenure as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; he has served as an adjunct professor at two law schools and at one graduate school of education; and he has spoken widely and published extensively regarding legal and policy issues in education. He is a current member of GLSEN’s Board of Directors and the Lab School of Washington's Board of Trustees. He is a past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Mr. Coleman leads the legal and policy work of the College Board's Access and Diversity Collaborative, and was a principal author of the brief filed by the College Board and other education organizations in the pending U.S. Supreme Court case, Fisher v. University of Texas.