By Special to the Daily World
Mayor Kasim Reed has named Yvonne Cowser Yancy as the new commissioner of human resources for the City of Atlanta. Yancy brings more than 16 years of diverse public and private sector experience in both union and non-union workplace environments.
“Throughout her career, Yvonne has demonstrated the capability to design and implement human resource initiatives that improve the productivity and morale of her organization’s employees,” Reed said. “She will help our human resources department become more responsive to the needs of our workforce, a critical task as my administration continues to review and make improvements to the city’s compensation structure, employee training programs, health insurance plans and pension plan for retirees.”
Yancy most recently served as a vice president, Human Resources Business Partner, with SunTrust Bank, where she supported multiple clients within the Diversified Commercial Bank division. She was the key leader on division talent and compensation initiatives, and managed the people strategies and organization design efforts within her client groups.
“As a native of Atlanta I am humbled and honored to serve the City of Atlanta and help the Reed administration effectively address the pressing human capital issues that impact the city’s responsiveness to constituents and delivery of essential services to residents and business owners,” Yancy said. “I plan to use my 16 years of diverse human resources experience to support Mayor Reed’s efforts to develop the City of Atlanta into the employer of choice in the Southeastern market.”
Prior to joining SunTrust, Yancy was the director of human resources for Technology, Strategy & Operations at Turner Broadcasting System. Yancy led a team responsible for the delivery of corporate human resources initiatives and supervised divisional human resources support to clients across multiple business units. While at Turner, Yancy managed the people strategy program for a $25 million system implementation, managed a divisional rotational program, and supported her client groups in significant organizational redesign.
At the Lincoln Financial Group, Yancy held several progressively more responsible roles. She supported diverse clients groups across three divisions and multiple geographies. Key accomplishments include, leading the implementation of manager and employee self service across the enterprise, developing the people strategy for key divisional mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and leading the people strategy for a $120 million in-source of IT Infrastructure.
Yancy also served as a first chair negotiator and managed the grievance process with the Teamsters at several organized facilities while at Ashland Distribution. In addition, Yancy has held human resource roles at GE Capital, Ikon Office Solutions and Georgia Tech.
A native of Atlanta, Yancy holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University, an MBA in personnel employee relations from Georgia State University, and the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification. In addition, Yancy is currently a professor of human resources at DeVry University/Keller Graduate School of Management.
A former board member of the Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley, the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, and the Lincoln Financial Group Foundation Board, Yancy continues to be active in several organizations, including Atlanta Links of The Links Inc., and SHRM Atlanta. Additionally Yancy serves as a mentor to young professionals seeking careers in corporate America.
Sherri Dickerson, the city’s current commissioner, will transition to a role which will allow her to focus more time on her family and two young daughters.
Yancy’s nomination must be confirmed by the Atlanta City Council.