Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer
“I’m proud to play a role in AT&T’s diversity efforts,” Cynthia Marshall said when she was named Chief Diversity Officer in 2015. “For decades, a commitment to diversity and inclusion has informed our beliefs, strategies, practices and success. Our inclusive culture runs deep—and impacts every employee every day—and it’s a privilege to build on such a rich tradition.”
She previously served as AT&T‘s Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Prior to that, she was President of AT&T North Carolina, where she was responsible for 7,000 employees. Marshall is chair of the board of governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. She also serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for the Carolinas; the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science; and was the first African-American to chair the North Carolina Chamber.
Marshall has been working in telecommunications for more than three decades. She joined Pacific Bell in 1981 and has held numerous management positions in operations, human resources, network engineering and regulatory affairs. As a fervent proponent of education, she co-chairs the “Pathways to Prosperity” initiative for the North Carolina New Schools Project, a public-private partnership. She is the past co-chair of the
Committee on Dropout Prevention at the North Carolina General Assembly and was named a “Friend of Education” by the N.C. State Board of Education.
She is the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Fund Award of Excellence; the Woman of Substance Award from Bennett College; and the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Award from the United Negro College Fund. She has honorary doctorates from Livingstone College and Bennett College.
A native of California, Marshall received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources management from the University of California, Berkeley. She and her husband have three children.