Yolanda Y. Harris

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Senior Account Executive

Whether she’s crafting PR strategies, providing thought leadership or planning media opportunities, Yolanda Y. Harris brings her clients informed advocacy, creative storytelling and persistent follow-through as a Purpose Brand senior account executive. 

Yolanda has spent more than 15 years managing media relations and producing content for nonprofit, government and educational institutions. She drew 2,000 visitors over three months to an Illinois Humanities criminal justice exhibition and press coverage in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Defender, Crain’s Chicago Business and WBEZ.  Her PR work on an Illinois Action for Children advocacy campaign helped attract recognition from the White House and Redbook magazine and influenced a $100 million expansion of Illinois’ child care budget. 

Prior to joining Purpose Brand, Yolanda did PR consulting in agency and client-side roles and was communications and publications manager for the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Her early career reporting the news for the Tribune Publishing’s Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia, gave her a love of storytelling and an eye for detail. Yolanda earned a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Outside of her day job, Yolanda is often engaged in ministerial activities, like teaching Bible classes or planning ministry programs. She serves as an associate minister at a church in South Holland, Illinois. She also enjoys outdoor cycling (with an occasional 50-mile bike ride) and the belly laughs of a good game of Taboo with family or friends.

Passionate about

  • Promoting organizations and people that make life better for others
  • Employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth
  • Enjoying Chicago summers
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