Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp to lead efforts around college and career readiness

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

DETROIT, MI — March 1, 2016 — Herman Gray, president and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, has announced the appointment of Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp to the position of vice president, college and career pathways. This important strategic hire aligns with United Way’s three focus areas of childhood nutrition, early childhood development, and college and career readiness. Heidelberg-Yopp currently serves as chief executive officer for Linked Learning Detroit, a role she will continue as she assumes her new position with United Way. Her employment at United Way begins immediately with responsibilities to include:

• Providing leadership to the College and Career Pathways Engagement Campaign;
• Developing corporate and community partnerships that advance outcomes and help students build strong foundations for success in college and career and life;
• Leading the transition of the current high school turnaround Initiative;
• Positioning United Way for Southeastern Michigan as an expert and trusted partner in college and career readiness programs; and
• Providing leadership and direction on Linked Learning implementation to build effective career pathways in designated schools in the region.
In making the announcement Gray stated, “Tanya is an innovative and tireless advocate for youth education. I am delighted that we were able to attract her to this key position at United Way, and I look forward to working with her to advance our efforts around college and career readiness throughout Southeastern Michigan.”

Among Heidelberg-Yopp’s accomplishments, she launched Linked Learning in Detroit in 2014 in collaboration with Connect Ed: The California Center for College and Career. The program was funded by Ford Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, GM Foundation, and incubated by Excellent Schools Detroit. Prior to Linked Learning Detroit, Heidelberg-Yopp served as senior vice president for culture, community and diversity as well as senior vice president of sales operations at Compuware Corporation. Among her many honors she was chosen as one of Crain’s New York Business ‘40 Under 40,’ named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top 50 Power Brokers in the Entertainment Industry, and also received the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence.

Heidelberg-Yopp is a graduate of Syracuse University. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law, and she also completed the Program in Management Development from Harvard Business School.
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About United Way for Southeastern Michigan
United Way for Southeastern Michigan mobilizes the caring power of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways throughout the region. The organization is led by a diverse group of volunteers from business, labor, government, human services, education and the community. United Way provides opportunities to invest in the metropolitan Detroit community through its annual Campaign and is a leader in convening partners to impact local residents each year by increasing economic self-sufficiency, protecting children and youth at risk, strengthening families, empowering neighborhoods and communities, and promoting health and wellness. Additional information is available at www.liveunitedsem.org.