As the HR Senior Director of Strategic Workforce Planning & Development (Project REACH/Community Education Program) for the Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS), Yariela Kerr-Donovan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, SWP focuses on workforce development programs for community adults, youth, and current employees of JHHS. She has years of experience working in the healthcare, retail, higher education, and hospitality industries. She serves on the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund Committee, which awards community based organizations with funding to support education, public safety, health care, and workforce development initiatives throughout East Baltimore. She is a member of the Human Resources team for HopkinsLocal, an anchor institution economic inclusion initiative.
She speaks to various public and private sector organizations on workforce development, the engagement of returning citizens, incumbent worker training and youth development and serves on a variety of re-entry, workforce development and youth development boards. To name a few, Yariela now serves as Chair for Baltimore Workforce Development Board (BWDB) and co-chair of the Baltimore Workforce Development Board’s (BWDB) Youth Committee.
She is a member of the Baltimore Integration Partnership and the Democracy Collaborative, a national organization focused on healthcare anchor organizations impacting economic inclusion around the country. She is a member of the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (BACH), a healthcare intermediary focused on training adults for careers in healthcare.
Yariela is a member of Vera’s Pathways Project national advisory board, and is currently a member of the Volunteers of America Residential Re-Entry Center’s, Center for Urban Families/STRIVE, Greater Baltimore Committee Second Chance advisory boards/committees. She serves as a Governor appointed member of the Correctional Education Council, co-chaired by Maryland Secretaries of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, and has served on a Governor appointed Collateral Consequences Workgroup.
She has served as a lecturer and director of minority affairs at Cornell University, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.