Dr. Rosa Colon Kolacko
Equity Practice Partner and Strategic Advisor


Member of the LEAD Fund Board. Dr. Colon-Kolacko is the President and Founder of Global Equity and Learning Partners, a consulting practice that designs and implements racial, health equity, and cultural transformation strategies to build equitable and learning organizations. She has over 25 years’ experience in Global Pharmaceuticals, Health Systems, Academia, Research, Government and Nonprofit.

She is the former Tufts Medicine SVP Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, was the first SVP and Chief People Officer for NYC Health + Hospitals and led DEI at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware as their SVP, Chief Diversity and Learning Officer.

She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Change from Benedictine University, an MBA from Henley Business School, University of Reading England, a postgraduate Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, London, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society of Human Resources Management and a Certificate in Diversity Management (CDM) from Georgetown University and the AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. She is also an Equity Fellow of the Delaware Community Foundation.

Rosa is involved in national and state level boards to advance equity including the MA Health Equity Compact, an organization composed of 75+ C-Suite leaders of color advancing the agenda through legislation, workforce development, governance, and access to care.

She is a researcher and has held Academic positions as Professor of Professional Practice at Bowling Green State University, adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, University of Delaware, Thomas Jefferson University where she was a designer and faculty of the Graduate Certificate of Healthcare Diversity Leadership, and Tufts School of Medicine partner in advancing DEI and health equity education.

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