Marlene V. Coulis was elected to the board of Strada Education Network, then known as USA Funds, in 2011. She currently serves on Strada Education’s Investment Committee and Mission Advancement and Philanthropy Committee.
She is a marketing strategy consultant with Coulis Consulting, which provides strategic and actionable marketing solutions to drive brand growth within the consumer and retail environment. Coulis brings to the Strada Education Network board more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising, marketing research and strategic planning. Previously, Coulis was a marketing executive with Anheuser-Busch Inc. for 18 years, most recently serving as vice president of consumer strategy, insights and innovation. In addition, she led the integration of the total marketing approach into the combined Anheuser-Busch InBev global company. Coulis also had served on the corporation’s strategy committee, a group of the most senior executives responsible for setting the company’s strategic course. During her tenure, she helped the company become a leading beverage innovator by expanding its brand portfolio to include a full line of American and craft-style beers, select imports, and premium specialty beverages.
Coulis is a graduate of Ball State University. She also is on the board of trustees for Embarc, a Chicago-based three-year program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success. She is a trustee and president for the Bishop Noll Foundation and a marketing adviser for Farmer’s Fridge.