Marlene V. Coulis


Chair of the Board

Strada Education Network


Marlene V. Coulis 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. She brings to the Strada Education board over 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising, marketing research, and strategic planning. Previously, Ms. Coulis was a senior marketing executive with Anheuser-Busch Inc. for more than 18 years, most recently as vice president, brand management, and then vice president, consumer strategy, insights, and innovation. In addition, she led the integration of the total marketing approach into the combined Anheuser-Busch InBev global company. She 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. She is a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Coulis, who was elected to the USA Funds board in 2011, now serves as Strada’s board chairwoman for the 2021-2024 term.

Coulis is also 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 also serves as board trustee and president for the Bishop Noll Institute Foundation and resides with her husband, Theo, in Palm Springs, California, and Chicago.