Roger appears in the
Top 100 People in Finance
for 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Roger Coleman is a noble leader on a mission to make the world a better place, always having been driven by philanthropy and the public good throughout both his life and career. A former volunteer fire chief and lifetime member of the Plandome Fire Department—one of the largest battalions in New York—they were called in to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. The experience ultimately led him help with supporting and working on launching Tuesday’s Children, an organization dedicated to serving families impacted by terrorism, military conflict, or mass violence. In business, as the founder of Coleman Group Partners, since 2016, his desire to help has been the driving force of its core value of impact investing, as seen in his work with companies such as BuzzFeed and InDinero. There, he leads deal sourcing and evaluation of mid-to-late-stage private equity investment opportunities and facilitates comprehensive industry and company market analyses and valuations to determine return on investment and potential risks. Now, he’s continuing his mission as co-founder of Disaster Tech, a public benefit company focused on saving lives, protecting communities, and preserving the environment, with partners such as Microsoft, NVIDIA, NSF, he Air Force, World Hope International, and others.
Founded in 2019, Disaster Tech offers the world’s first comprehensive, end-to-end data aggregation and data science platform, providing real time analytics and decision support for research and risk management of natural hazards, climate change, and disasters. As there is no other platform that can provide this level of real-time situational awareness and high velocity performance at scale, Roger plans to develop Disaster Tech into the go-to resource for cross-sector private and public agencies and disaster managers. Through its sophisticated platform, Disaster Tech provides web-based data visualization and data exploration software with user-defined, self-service analytics and data science tools. These are used to accelerate decision-support technologies for situational awareness, operational coordination, and planning—before, during, and after disasters. “Led by disaster management experts at the highest level, we ensure that the tools we develop are emergency manager-informed to help them prepare and mitigate risk,” Roger explains.
Using geospatial technology married with advanced analytics, Disaster Tech tracks earthquakes, floods, social unrest, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires, and COVID-19 to provide real-time, cross-sector data all in one place. “This matters to me because we’re saving lives and property,” Roger says. “We’re doing all of this through one single pane of glass that’s customized to address the specific concerns of regions or communities.”
Roger’s career journey began upon his graduation from Marist College School of International Business, where he earned a BS/BA in business administration and international global studies. While working on Wall Street for over 35 years, he founded a new division in the financial services industry—corporate services—and became the father of the global equity administration, a multibillion-dollar industry. Roger also served as managing director for Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley, overseeing more than 300 professionals, managing $26 billion, and maintaining leadership over 100 Fortune 500 clients. In acknowledgement of his accomplishments and expertise, Roger was regularly featured in Barron’s Top 100 Advisors, he was recently inducted to Barron’s Hall of Fame and has been featured in Barron’s Magazine, Wealth Management, Fox Business, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Fortune.
Co-founder and President
Disaster Technologies, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
Coleman Group Partners, LLC