Kelly Hoffman

Vice President, Research

Dr. Kelly Hoffman is vice president, research at Coqual where she directs the team’s investigation of how inequities are created and maintained in the global workplace. She is passionate about transforming rigorous research into practical solutions with real-world impact. Kelly values bringing together diverse perspectives and working with leaders to drive meaningful change within organizations.

Prior to Coqual, Kelly led research programs in both academic and business settings, with a focus on understanding and addressing social disparities in healthcare, education, and the workplace. She has secured numerous research grants, and has published her research in leading academic journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Kelly is actively engaged as a speaker, presenter, and research consultant in the scientific and business communities, as well as the broader public. Her work has been featured in national press articles, invited op-ed pieces, and media interviews in outlets such as NPR, MSNBC, PBS NewsHour, Washington Post, and Vox.

Kelly received her PhD and master’s in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia. She also spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she conducted large-scale field interventions to combat gender disparities in education and in the workplace.