As an Associate Attorney with a mid-size regional law firm's Corporate and Tax Practice Group, Yolanda supports corporate clients in transactional matters including corporate governance, compliance, entity structure and formation, and commercial agreements with emphasis on small businesses and nonprofit and exempt organizations.
Prior to being admitted into the North Carolina Bar, Yolanda spent more than a decade in the accounting and nonprofit industries as a consultant, and real estate industry as a Realtor/Broker licensed in North and South Carolina. As a nonprofit and accounting consultant, Yolanda advised a diverse group of nonprofits and small businesses across sectors such as financial counseling and money management, sports philanthropy, human services, religious organizations, schools, start-ups in 501(c)(3) nonprofit administration and management, and business financial management.
Yolanda's passion for education stems from her love of learning as a young child. As an education advocate, Yolanda co-founded and currently chairs the board of Davis Academy, a nonprofit focused on education, restorative practices, and community schools. She also serves as a volunteer facilitator and trainer for Campbell Law's Restorative Justice Clinic in Wake County Schools.
Yolanda graduated magna cum laude from Winston-Salem State University with a bachelor’s in biology and a minor in chemistry. She went on to attain a master’s in Accountancy from Wake Forest University Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy. After obtaining her master’s, she worked for a "Big 4" public accounting firm as a Fortune 500 Business Assurance and Advisory Services professional. Thereafter, she obtained a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and received her Juris Doctorate from Campbell University, Norman A. Wiggins School of Law.
During law school, she worked as a legal and policy extern for both the North Carolina School Boards Association and North Carolina General Assembly's Legislative Analysis Division. She also served as the American Bar Association's Law Student Division liaison to the Commission on Women in the Profession; law student representative on the North Carolina Bar Association's Education Law Section Council; advisory board member for the Research Study on the Law School Experiences of Women of Color at the Center for Women in Law (University of Texas School of Law); and vice president and cabinet member of Campbell Law's Women in Law Student Group.
Active in the community, Yolanda continues to serve as a member, advisory board member, and council member of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, the Center for Women in Law, and the North Carolina Bar Association's Education Law Section, respectively.