Spelman Alumna Named New Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Bank of America


A Spelman alum has been promoted to chief diversity and inclusion officer at Bank of America, taking over a position held by Geri Thomas, who is retiring after her incredible four-decade career at the company.

In early December, Black Enterprise reported that Cynthia Bowman will start her new role as chief strategist and leader for diversity and inclusion from a global standpoint at one of the most influential institutions in the world:



“On the heels of Geri Thomas announcing her plans to retire after a 45-year career with Bank of America, the company has promoted Cynthia Bowman to chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Bowman, who first joined the Bank of America family in 2007, has held several leadership roles within the company. Most recently, she served as learning and leadership development and diversity & inclusion executive for the bank’s Global Wealth and Investment Management organization.”

Bowman graduated from Spelman with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and then she went on to earn a bachelor of industrial engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and also a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Prior to joining Bank of America, the Spelman alum worked for AT&T and Accenture.

Bowman has also been recognized as one of the top 50 Senior Executives Under 50 by Diversity MBA Magazine thanks to her role at Bank of America.

In addition, Bowman received the 2014 Trailblazer Award by Re: Gender for her efforts to advance women’s issues, promote women’s leadership and change the way the world views women and girls and has served as a panelist at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit.

Top photo: The new diversity and inclusion officer at Bank of America, Cynthia Bowman.