Diversity Best Practices Conference in May 2013.

Velda McRae-Yates brings to the table her experience as a board member and her volunteer work with the Northeast Human Resources Association as the first chair of the Diversity Committee, which led to her recognition award for volunteer excellence. Her experience also includes work with diversity and inclusion professional associations, as well as work with the City of Boston to improve city government performance and finding solutions to critical urban issues.

McRae-Yates earned her doctorate in organizational development and change from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a double Lynx with a bachelor of science degree in organizational behavior and a master of science degree in applied management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is a Cornell University-certified diversity advanced practitioner and a certified administrator through the Multi-Health Systems in Toronto, Canada for the BarOn Emotional Intelligence Quotient Inventory.Velda McRae-Yates

Advisory Board Member

Velda McRae-Yates is Executive Director of Human Resources at Mass College of Art & Design (MassArt). She was previously Interim Deputy Director at Commonwealth Compact whose mission is to retain people of color in Massachusetts by developing relationships between organizations and professionals of color. She was an active member of the higher education collaborative and an instrumental presenting the Diversity Best Practices Conference in May 2013.

Velda McRae-Yates brings to the table her experience as a board member and her volunteer work with the Northeast Human Resources Association as the first chair of the Diversity Committee, which led to her recognition award for volunteer excellence. Her experience also includes work with diversity and inclusion professional associations, as well as work with the City of Boston to improve city government performance and finding solutions to critical urban issues.

McRae-Yates earned her doctorate in organizational development and change from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a double Lynx with a bachelor of science degree in organizational behavior and a master of science degree in applied management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is a Cornell University-certified diversity advanced practitioner and a certified administrator through the Multi-Health Systems in Toronto, Canada for the BarOn Emotional Intelligence Quotient Inventory.

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Velda McRae-Yates
Advisory Board Member


Velda McRae-Yates is Executive Director of Human Resources at Mass College of Art & Design (MassArt). She was previously Interim Deputy Director at Commonwealth Compact whose mission is to retain people of color in Massachusetts by developing relationships between organizations and professionals of color. She was an active member of the higher education collaborative and an instrumental presenting the