Henry Coleman is a graduate of Morehouse College, with a B.A. in Economics, and Princeton University, with a Ph.D. in Economics. He was a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow, which he spent in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also served as a senior economist in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) --- now the Government Accountability Office. His federal government service also includes having served as the director of Government Finance Research at the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR).
Henry as the executive director of the New Jersey State and Local Expenditure and Revenue Policy (SLERP) Commission. He also served state government as the assistant director of operations and research at the Office of State Planning and as a senior policy advisor in Governor Florio’s Office of Management and Policy.
He serves on the board of directors/trustees of several organizations, including: the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, New Jersey City University, New Jersey Policy Perspective, New Jersey Future, the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the Fund for New Jersey, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Henry was previously a full-time faculty member at Tufts University, and he held adjunct faculty positions at the American University, the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and Rutgers University. For almost 13 years, Coleman served as the director of the Center for Government Services, a component of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is currently a professor of public policy in the Bloustein School’s Public Policy Program.
At the Bloustein School, Coleman teaches graduate-level courses on State and Local Public Finance, the Economics of Poverty, and Budgeting for Public Policy along with undergraduate courses on Poverty in the USA.