Alvin B. Tillery Jr., Ph.D.

Head of DEI Advisory
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Having been a leader in the DEI space for over 25+ years and with extensive experience advising Fortune 500 companies, Al serves as C Street’s Head of DEI Advisory.

Prior to joining C Street, Al was the principal of Analytic Insights Consulting, LLC., where he provided assessment, strategic counsel, and training services to Guggenheim Partners, Forrester Research, MGM International Resorts, Nike, Recology and a host of other clients in the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors.  He is a leading expert on race relations and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in corporate America.  

Al’s book Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, US Foreign Policy and Black Leadership in America (Cornell University Press, 2011) won the W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. He is the author of dozens of academic papers on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. He served as co-chair of the American Political Science Association’s Presidential Task Force on Racial and Class Inequalities in the Americas. He is a frequent commentator in the national media on diversity issues, racial politics, and presidential leadership. In 2021, he briefed the foreign press on the #BlackLivesMatter movement on behalf of the Biden-Harris administration.

He also holds a tenured appointment in the social sciences at Northwestern University, where he is the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy. His research and teaching interests focus on leveraging the insights of the social sciences to boost the capacities of organizations to achieve greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. At Northwestern, he has worked to disseminate these ideas through an innovative online, executive education program based on his CREED Model for diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership. He has also taught at Rutgers University, University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, and Harvard University. Al has received a number of fellowships, grants, and awards, including excellence in teaching awards from Harvard, Notre Dame, and Northwestern.

Al received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and his B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College, where he was also a member of the varsity tennis team.