Commission on Excellence in Education

Lois C. Yates, CEcD, is a Partner in GLDPartners, an investment advisory firm that creates growth strategies in emerging and growing logistics hub markets throughout North America and Europe.  

Lois is a nationally recognized economic development professional with over 30 years’ experience in developing and implementing proactive global business development strategies and in helping communities create and execute successful economic development projects.

During her career Ms. Yates had held senior level economic development management positions in Florida, Michigan, Maryland, New York and Arizona. During her tenure in these organizations, her work has led to the attraction of more than $20 billion of private capital investment and the creation of more than 100,000 jobs. She has successfully assisted hundreds of companies with both domestic and international projects.

Nationally Ms. Yates is active in the International Economic Development Council and she is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) which is the highest professional designation awarded to those in the economic development profession.

Ms. Yates holds a BA degree in Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University and a MA degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School. She has completed additional graduate studies at George Washington University.