LaSheila S. Yates, MA
Executive Director and Chief Diversity Officer
City of Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission

LaSheila Yates has served as the Executive Director for the City of Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission since August 2014. In conjunction with this position, she also was appointed as the city’s first Chief Diversity Officer in August 2015.

Ms. Yates’s multidisciplinary background includes her expertise in public policy, civil rights enforcement, governmental financial management, organizational process improvement and development, team building, and cultural competency. Her previous accomplishments include serving as a heavy construction engineer in the Louisiana Army National Guard and completing Officer Candidate School with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in 2005.

Ms. Yates received a BS in sociology in 2004 and an MA in social science from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She also received an MA in sociology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ilinois in 2007.