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Velda McRae-Yates

McRae-Yates new Human Resources Director at MassArt

Velda McRae-Yates is now taking on the role of Executive Director of Human Resources at Mass College of Art & Design (MassArt). She was previously Interim Deputy Director at Commonwealth Compact whose mission is to retain people of color in Massachusetts by developing relationships between organizations and professionals of color. Velda is a human resources professional specializing in organizational development and change. Her years of experience include consulting, working with boards, diversity and inclusion professional associations, as well as work with the City of Boston to improve city government performance and finding solutions to critical urban issues. Velda is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Black MBA Association, Boston Chapter.

Cambridge salon wins barbershop challenge

Simply Erinn’s Unisex Hair Salon (SEUHS) in Cambridge, which is owned by Erinn Pearson, is the winner of the 2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut Challenge. As the winner, her salon receives a $20,000 salon makeover. An accomplished entrepreneur, Erinn has spent the past 20+ years developing an expertise in the advanced care of healthy hair and scalp. Erinn is committed to all aspects of women’s health including her important work with the “Cut it Out” project offering a front line defense against domestic violence. SEUHS also hosts monthly Community Conversations for Women of Color called “Sister to Sister”, which is led by Professional Healthcare Practitioners who are minorities as well.Errin is a member of the National Black MBA Association, Boston Chapter.