Charisse R. Lillie, Esq.
Vice President of Community Investment,
Charisse R. Lillie, Esq., a member since 2004, is vice president of Community Investment of Comcast Corporation and president of the Comcast Foundation. She joined Comcast in 2005 as vice president, Human Resources-Comcast Corporation, and senior vice-president, Human Resources-Comcast Cable. She was a partner in the law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP in Philadelphia from January 1992 to February 2005. She was chair of the litigation department from 2002 to 2005, and was a member of the Employment and Labor Law Group of the firm. She also served as an advisor to clients on diversity and anti-discrimination issues. She is a frequent lecturer regarding diversity, community investment and corporate social responsibility.
Her prior legal experience includes positions as trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; general counsel to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia; and city solicitor of the City of Philadelphia. In addition, she has been a member of many civic commissions. Ms. Lillie is a member of the NBCUniversal Foundation, The Franklin Institute, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Philadelphia Electric Company, an Exelon Company. She is the former chair of the board of The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In 2012, she received the inaugural Diversity Leadership Award from Temple University Law Alumni Association. She has been honored by Cablefax-The Magazine in 2013, 2012 and 2011 as one of the most influential minorities and powerful women in cable.
Early in her career, she worked as a research assistant to the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. on his first book, In The Matter of Color. She is also a former law clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and prestigious civic and professional awards, Ms. Lillie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Wesleyan University, a J.D. degree, Dean's Honor List, from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School.
I serve as a Trustee to Howard University because of my great respect for the historic role that Howard has played and continues to play in educating the best and the brightest in the African American community. It is an honor and privilege to be of service to this magnificent institution of higher learning. My devotion to the essential mission of Howard University grows with every opportunity I have to interact with the students, faculty and administration.