Charisse R. Lillie is Vice President of Community Investment and Executive Vice 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. Ms. Lillie’s law practice included the representation of employers and management in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, primarily in federal court. She served as an advisor to clients on diversity and anti‑discrimination issues. She is a frequent lecturer and panelist regarding talent management, recruitment and retention strategies, diversity and corporate board membership.
Lillie previously served as vice president of Human Resources for Comcast Corporation and senior vice president of Human Resources for Comcast Cable. She was a partner in the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP from January 1992 to February 2005. During this time she served as chair of the litigation Department and also was a member of the Employment and Labor Law Group.
Her previous legal experience included positions as trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; deputy director, Community Legal Services, Inc.; Villanova Law School professor; assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; general counsel to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia; and city solicitor for the City of Philadelphia.
Lillie serves on the boards of Howard University, The Franklin Institute Science Museum, the American Arbitration Association, the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the Pyramid Club. She also is a member of the advisory board of PNC Financial Services Group of Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey. She served as a trustee of Friends Select School from 1994 to 2002, and 2003 to 2006 – serving as president of the board of trustees for two years and elected to membership in their executive leadership council in 2008.
She has been a member of many civic commissions including the Independent Charter Commission, the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Task Force, the MOVE Commission, and the Philadelphia Election Reform Task Force. She previously served as chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and vice chairman of the executive committee of the conference of chairmen of the Federal Reserve System.
A native of Houston, Texas, Lillie received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, a law degree from Temple University and a masters from Yale Law School. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Seton Hill University in 2005.