Yanika has a wide range of experience in talent management strategy, recruitment and selection, project and change management for K-12 organizations. She has helped clients assess their talent strategy, create unbiased and equitable processes and procedures, and assess how they recruit and retain highly qualified staff. Prior to consulting, Yanika was most recently the Managing Director of Recruitment at Teach For America (TFA), where she was responsible for the national teaching pipeline in the Southern Regional recruitment corps. She also served as a Regional Coach with Teach For America in Atlanta, GA. Yanika has significant experience supporting and developing school leaders as a coach for 11 regional Heads of District/School Partners, advising and serving as thought partners on district/charter relationships, human capital strategies and best practice for each region. Prior to this role, Yanika served as Director of Talent Management for the Fulton County Schools System, where she implemented a rigorous principal and assistant principal selection process for Fulton County Schools that led to the hiring of over 50 new principals and 80 assistant principals, supporting 20% turnover in school leadership over 2 years. She designed and implemented an assistant principal leadership development program specifically to create an official district principal pipeline process. Yanika also designed and led professional development for Fulton County that dove into key performance competencies the state of Georgia outlined for all school leaders.

Before moving into education, Yanika spent nine years working in the private sector; five years at Dell Computers in various project management roles and the next four in management consulting specializing in process improvement for clients. Yanika holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s of Supply Chain Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education with a Master’s in Education Leadership.