Todd Yeatts joins the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville | Local business news


The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research this week announced Todd M. Yeatts as executive vice president of manufacturing advancement, effective Oct. 3.

Yeatts most recently served as Senior Director of Government Operations for The Boeing Company in Arlington and brings decades of experience in government and public affairs, strategic communications and economic development.

He will lead the Institute’s Manufacturing Advancement Division and report directly to Institute President Telly D. Tucker.

“I am delighted to welcome Todd to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and know he will bring a wealth of knowledge, insight and leadership,” Tucker said. “As we continue to serve as a regional catalyst for economic transformation, Todd’s unique experience will help advance Southern Virginia’s role as an advanced manufacturing hub. Maintaining strategic relationships with government, industry, education and technology stakeholders will help provide critical support and outreach, particularly as we expand our training programs to meet not only to our regional workforce, but also to the needs of the national industrial base and defence.

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In addition to overseeing the Institute’s Manufacturing Advancement training programs, Yeatts will also oversee the operation and strategic direction of the new Center for Manufacturing Advancement, which is slated to open this year.

While at Boeing, Yeatts led program advocacy and awareness campaigns, managed congressional site tours, provided legislative testimony, and served as the primary contact for elected and appointed government officials. Prior to this role, Yeatts served Boeing as regional communications manager for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in St. Louis, Missouri, following a 19-month assignment in Iraq as director of strategic communications for a Baghdad-based team. He is a retired 25-year veteran of the US Marine Corps.

In addition to his military service, he worked in state government as director of communications for the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. Yeatts also served as a military aide-de-camp for Virginia Governor Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, and Bob McDonnell and received appointments from governors. Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam and Glenn Youngkin at the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council.

Yeatts’ experience in local government includes serving as Deputy City Manager of Danville, where he first served as Director of Legislative and Public Affairs. Previously, he was the Legislative Liaison to the Virginia General Assembly for the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.