Alecia Ann DeCoudreaux


Alecia Ann DeCoudreaux



A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ann DeCoudreaux received her Bachelor of Arts in English and political science from Wellesley College in 1976. Two years later, she was awarded her J.D. degree from the Indiana University School of Law. After graduating from law school, she practiced with the San Francisco firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. In 1980, she returned to Indiana to join the legal department of Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.

Over the next 30 years, DeCoudreaux rose rapidly and steadily within the Lilly company, serving as Director of Community Relations, Director of Corporate Affairs, Director of Government Relations, Executive Director for Research Planning and Scientific Administration for Lilly Research Labs, and as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. In 2011, DeCoudreaux became the President of Mills College (Oakland, CA), a position she would hold until her retirement in 2016.

DeCoudreaux was a member of the Wellesley Board of Trustees for ten years, chairing the Board for four years. Similarly, she served ten years as a member of the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors. She is an emeritus Board Member of the Maurer School of Law Board of Visitors, chairing the Board in 2000/01. DeCoudreaux has received numerous awards and honors from educational and business institutions across the country, including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letter from Indiana University (2013). Alecia Ann DeCoudreaux was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1998.


Maurer Alumni, Eli Lilly and Company, Mills College, Academy of Law Alumni Fellows


Higher Education | Law | Legal Biography | Legal Profession



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Also see, "Alecia A. DeCoudreaux: Living Her Dreams," in 19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women, by Michael S. Maurer, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009, pp.60-70. Available in the Jerome Hall Law Library, CT 3262 .I5 M38 2009

Alecia Ann DeCoudreaux