Yolanda Townsend, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL
Yolanda leads the TechHire team working to create employment pathways for overlooked and underrepresented jobseekers in 72 communities across the country. TechHire partners with communities to power ecosystems so individuals —from overlooked youth, to veterans, to the long-term unemployed– have expanded access to quality tech-training and a place where they can show they have the skills necessary to work in the tech sector. She oversees and executes financial and operational priorities to further the goals of the organization. She also ensures effective communication, coordination and collaboration among Team projects to facilitate alignment and success with strategic objectives across the organization.
Prior to joining Opportunity@Work, Townsend held numerous leadership positions in both the private and public sector. She served as President of her own real estate investment and consulting firm, chief financial officer of Wheat Government Relations, a consulting and strategic planning company, and Commissioner of the National Credit Union Administration (the regulatory agency responsible for regulating over 10,000 federal and state chartered credit unions). In addition, Townsend practiced corporate finance and real estate law in California, Missouri and Maryland.
Townsend graduated from Stanford University where she obtained a B.A. in International Relations, with distinction. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.