Alecia A. DeCoudreaux
Board member since 2014. East Falmouth, Mass.
Alecia A. DeCoudreaux served as 13th president of Mills College. Born in Chicago, Illinois, DeCoudreaux received a bachelor of arts in English and political science from Wellesley College in 1976 and a doctor-of-laws degree from the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington in 1978. DeCoudreaux brings to the Office of Mills College President an extensive and distinguished professional background. Formerly a senior executive at Eli Lilly and Company, one of Fortune magazine’s “Global Top Companies for Leaders,” she served in a variety of important executive leadership roles over the span of the past three decades. As both a graduate of a women’s college and trustee on the board of Wellesley, one of the largest and most selective women’s colleges in the nation, DeCoudreaux provides Mills with a multifaceted professional background.
DeCoudreaux’s professional career is enhanced by extensive involvement in the communities where she has lived and worked, including volunteerism, community activism, and a record of service on numerous charitable and nonprofit boards. DeCoudreaux’s academic experience includes successful service as both a trustee and board chair at Wellesley, director of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association, director of the Indiana University Foundation, and member of the Indiana University School of Law Board of Visitors. DeCoudreaux’s distinguished professional career began with private practice and continued through executive leadership positions in a Fortune 125 company. Prior to joining Mills College, DeCoudreaux served as vice president and deputy general counsel at Eli Lilly and Company. She had been vice president and general counsel of Lilly USA since December 2005. Previously, DeCoudreaux was employed by Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, in San Francisco, before joining Lilly in 1980 as an attorney. In 1987, she became general counsel for Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., a former Lilly subsidiary located in Santa Clara, California. DeCoudreaux became director of community relations for Eli Lilly and Company in 1990, director for corporate affairs (state government and community relations) in 1991, and director of government relations (Washington, D.C.) in 1993. She was named executive director of Lilly Research Laboratories, medical administration in 1994. In 1995, she became executive director of Lilly Research Laboratories, research planning and scientific administration, and was named vice president, law, Lilly Research Laboratories in June 1997. In November 1999, she became secretary and deputy general counsel of Eli Lilly and Company.
While achieving professional success, DeCoudreaux has demonstrated creativity, social responsibility, and community involvement. She has also shown acumen for budget management, fundraising, and alumnae relations and engagement. In addition to her positions at Wellesley, DeCoudreaux’s extensive board experience includes service as a board member of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; board member of The Commonwealth Club of California; member of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges Council of Presidents; board member of the Parnassus Fund; board member of The Mind Trust; board member of the Economic Club of Indiana; member of the United Way of Central Indiana Women’s Initiative; honorary director of Indiana University Foundation, where she served as director from 1998 through 2007; and emeritus board member of the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington, the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.