Barbara Bell Coleman
Business Consultant and Social Activist

Barbara Bell Coleman is President of BBC Associates and an advocate for disenfranchised people, especially children. Barbara’s experience in the public health sectors include stints as CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark and President of The Amelior Foundation. She began her career in the social services field as director of one of Newark’s largest substance abuse treatment centers prior to overseeing behavior health prevention services in 130 municipalities for the New Jersey State Department of Health. She also provided consulting services for PriceWaterhouseCooper’s minority recruitment and retention program.


Barbara is currently a board member of the merged MCJ Amelior Foundation, Schumann Fund for New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. She is co-founder and trustee emeritus of the Branch Brook Park Alliance. She has also served on nonprofit and corporate boards including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, The Newark Museum of Art, Horizon Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Jersey, Hilton Corporation and Caesars Entertainment. Barbara is a lifelong Episcopalian and served on the Vestry of Trinity Wall Street during a time when much of the church’s charitable giving focused on Africa.