Director

LaSheila Yates is a resident of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is currently a Producer and Moderator of KCRG-TV9’s Ethical Perspectives on the News.

LaSheila has over a decade of experience in public administration. She was the first Black women to serve as Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission and the City of Cedar Rapids first  Chief Diversity Officer. She also concurrent held the role of Executive Director for the Marion Civil Rights Commission. 

LaSheila has been acknowledged by the local community for her leadership. She has been inducted into the Iowa African American Hall of Fame, as well as a Corridor Business Journal Woman of Influence and Forty Under 40 Emerging Leaders recipients. LaSheila is also an Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success’ I AM the BRIDGE Honorees. In addition, she had been named Women of the Year by the Women's Equality Coalition of Linn County 2014, and is also an African American Museum of Iowa History Maker designee.

During her leisure, LaSheila enjoys giving back to her community through volunteerism. She serves on numerous boards and committees including the Iowa Department of Human Rights Board, Cedar Rapids Police Chief Advisory Committee, and Wakeup for Your Rights. 

LaSheila received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Master of Arts in Social Science from Southern University A&M College, while also serving as a Heavy Construction Engineer in the Louisiana Army National Guard. LaSheila completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 2005. She also received a Master of Arts in Sociology for Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL. She is also a graduate of Drake University’s Certified Public Administrator program.