Detroit city skyline by blue lake.
New trustee Jocelyn K. Coley © © Michael D-L Jordan/dlp


Jocelyn K. Coley Joins The Nature Conservancy’s Michigan Board of Trustees

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) recently welcomed Jocelyn K. Coley to its Michigan Board of Trustees.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jocelyn to our board,” said Helen Taylor, TNC’s state director for Michigan. “She brings a wealth of experience, relationships and expertise to TNC.”

Jocelyn K. Coley and colleague Chandra S. Lewis launched The Allen Lewis Agency (TALA), a full service marketing and communications firm, in 2015. TALA’s clients are both local and national, including The Chemico Group, The Detroit Area Pre-¬College Engineering Program, James H. Cole Funeral Home and the James H. Cole Legacy Foundation, and Zillow Group Inc. TALA has also served as the Multicultural PR Agency of Record for Nissan North America since 2016.

Prior to starting her agency, Coley spent more than 15 years working in a wide variety of communications roles at General Motors, focusing on helping GM gain entrée into often hard-to-reach markets, bringing GM’s brand stories to Hispanic, Asian, African-American, LGBT and military veteran audiences. Her last role with GM was Director of Regional, Grassroots and Diversity Communications and Director of the Diversity Marketing and Communications Center of Excellence. Coley also served as Vice President of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications for OnStar while at GM.

TNC is a world-renowned organization focused on creating change now that will benefit us well into the future.

Prior to GM, she worked in the film and television production industry, including production roles at WDIV, Detroit’s NBC affiliate. In 2002, Coley created Divas4Life, a foundation dedicated to providing positive influences and life skills to young girls in Detroit. Among her many honors and awards, she received the Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and Wayne State University’s PR Alumni Award. 

She attended University of Notre Dame, and received her master’s degree in Organizational Communications and Public Relations from Wayne State University, where she has taught graduate classes. She’s also taught graduate courses in Communications and Diversity and Inclusion at West Virginia University. Coley is a newlywed, having married Brandon Coley in September 2019.

“TNC is a world-renowned organization focused on creating change now that will benefit us well into the future,” Coley said. “I am excited to get to work helping them achieve their mission.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.