About Our Director: Madeline Yates

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Madeline Yates founded Transform Mid Atlantic (previously,  Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic) and serves as the executive director for the largest higher education association in the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Delaware region, bringing together the presidents of publics, privates, two- and four- year institutions to develop global citizens and create just communities. Transform Mid Atlantic’s 40 member institutions use civic and community engagement to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the region by collectively increasing college, career, and civic readiness. Students at member institutions annually contribute over $600M to the Mid-Atlantic region through service. Yates facilitates the local and global engagement of higher education and K12 institutions and systems through experientially-based professional development and partnerships. With over 25 years of experience in cross-cultural and service-learning programs, as a participant, coordinator, and manager, after many years volunteering and doing service and experiential education work domestically and internationally, Yates helped develop Gettysburg College’s Center for Public Service, then taught in Montgomery County Public Schools. Becoming a Maryland State Department of Education Service-Learning Fellow, she then helped coordinate Maryland State Department of Education’s internationally recognized K-12 service-learning program, training teachers and assessing student learning and program impact across the state. Yates then initiated and ran the AmeriCorps VISTA leadership development program for Partners of Campus Community Engagement's (previously, Pennsylvania Campus Compact) 70 member institutions, prior to founding the (then) Maryland Campus Compact. Yates presents, speaks, and consults with wide range of organizations and institutions in the United States and internationally, including Ukraine, Peru, and Argentina. She has served on numerous boards including the Affiliate Council for of the National Campus Compact Network, the National Service-Learning Partnership, the MCPS Superintendent’s Service-Learning Advisory Board, and Coppin State University. Deeply interested in the experiences and perspectives of others, Yates has traveled extensively throughout many regions of the world – over 70 countries — living, working, and volunteering for extended periods in Japan, Haiti, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Russia, Turkey, Mexico, and New Zealand. Yates has received several fellowships, representing United States educators in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, and Ecuador and was awarded two Fulbright Fellowships to India and South Africa. She holds a BA from Gettysburg College and an MA from Hood College. Yates lives in Gettysburg PA with her young daughter and a menagerie of four-legged friends where she has been a member of Project Gettysburg Leon (an international community development partnership connecting the communities of Leon, Nicaragua and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) for over 30 years and remains actively engaged with the immigrant community.