Charisse R. Lillie
Vice President of Community Investment and Executive Vice President of the Comcast Foundation, Comcast Corporation
Charisse R. Lillie is vice president of Community Investment and executive vice president of the Comcast Foundation, Comcast Corporation.
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. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lillie’s legal experience included positions as trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; deputy director, Community Legal Services, Inc., professor at Villanova Law School, assistant United States 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.
Ms. Lillie’s practice included the representation of employers and management in a wide variety of labor and employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, and other civil rights litigation, at-will litigation, restrictive covenant/trade secret claims, ERISA litigation and litigation before the NLRB and state agencies. She defended banks, hospitals, universities, major corporations, the City of Philadelphia and the federal government in contract, discrimination and ERISA actions in federal and state court and before administrative agencies. She served as an advisor to clients on diversity and anti-discrimination issues. She is a frequent lecturer and panelist regarding diversity, civil rights, employment discrimination and affirmative action issues.
In addition, Ms. Lillie 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 is a member of the Forum of Executive Women, and is the former president of the Board of the Juvenile Law Center. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Franklin Institute, The Philadelphia Award, the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, Juvenile Law Center, Charity All-Stars, Inc. and the Board of Governors of the Pyramid Club. She served as a Trustee of Friends Select School from 1994 to 2002, and returned in 2003 to serve as President of the Board of Trustees.
Ms. Lillie is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2005 Learned Hand Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, the 2005 PWR Award from the Professional Women’s Roundtable, the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Anne X. Alpern Award in the Spring of 2003 for her excellence in the legal profession and her significant professional impact on women in the law, the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Awards of Excellence Honoree, 2002 Women of Distinction Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, the J. Michael Brown Award from the DuPont Minority Counsel Conference, the Penn Towne Links Service Award, the 2002 Image Award from the Black Women in Sport Foundation, the Take the Lead Award from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Women of Achievement Award from The Barristers’ Association and the Teenshop Board of Directors Hall of Fame Award. She was honored by the Episcopal Church Women of the House of Prayer Episcopal Church and was named to the Women’s Hall of Fame by the Southwest Belmont Community Association and named Mother of the Year by the Mary Mason Community Foundation in 2002.
Ms. Lillie is a former president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She served on the Board of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) from 1993 to 1998. She served as chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1995. She served as chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (formerly the Commission on Minorities) from 1999 to 2002 and is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary. She is co-chair of the Racial Bias in the Justice System Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She also served on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System. She currently serves as the chair of the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics. She was elected to the American Law Institute in 1995. Ms. Lillie was included in both editions of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Philadelphia” in 1999 and 1994, The Legal Intelligencer’s “Fifty Most Influential Women in the Legal Profession in Pennsylvania” in 2001, The Philadelphia Tribune’s Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans in 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002, in the Philadelphia Magazine’s “2004 and 2005 Super Lawyer” editions and most recently the 2006 editions of Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the World. She was inducted as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2003. She is listed in the 2004 Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In 2004, she was inducted by Governor Edward Rendell and Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell into The Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Lillie 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 from January 2001 until December 2002, and she served as a Board member for seven years. She is a member of the Advisory Board of The PNC Financial Services Group, Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey.
The Houston, Texas native received her BA in 1973 from Wesleyan University - cum laude; her JD in 1976 from Temple Law School - Dean’s Honor List; and her LLM in 1982 from Yale Law School. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA, in 2005. She worked as a research assistant to the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. from 1975 to 1976 on his first book, In The Matter of Color. Ms. Lillie was law clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1976-1978.