Dr. DeRetta Rhodes
DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D. is the Executive Vice President & Chief Culture Officer of the Atlanta Braves, overseeing people capital initiatives, communications and community affairs for the Braves, The Battery Atlanta and team’s Spring Training facility operations. Prior to joining the Braves, Rhodes was the Executive Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Vice President of Human Resources at First Data, Vice President of Human Resources for Turner Broadcasting and held leadership positions at Ernst & Young, ADP, HomeGrocer.com and YUM Brand.
Rhodes received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, her Master’s in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and her Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Georgia. She is a certified facilitator for the Benchmark 360 assessment by the Center for Creative Leadership, DISC coach and facilitator, qualified facilitator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and qualified coach for the HOGAN Assessment and HOGAN 360.
Rhodes completed her Ted Talk (TEDxUGA) in 2018 and has been recognized as a Women of Excellence (2018), 100 Women of Influence (2020, 2021) by Atlanta Business Chronicle, a Distinguished Alumni (2020) in the Family and Consumer Science College of the University of
Georgia, Oncon Icon Award Top 100 Human Resources Professionals (2021, 2022), Sports Inclusion Conference Top 100 Women in Sports (2021), and National Diversity & Leadership Top 100 HR Professionals (2022).
She is currently a Board member and Compensation Chair of Goodwill of North Georgia, Executive Board Member and Board Chair of Board Effectiveness of 21st Century Leaders, Trustee Member, Governing Board Member and HR & Compensation Chair of the Woodruff
Arts Center, Strategic Advisor of The Goodwin Group, Board Member of the American Heart Association, Advisory Member of HR Exchange Network, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Advisory Member of HR.Com, Board Member of University of Georgia Alumni Board and past President
of the Alumni Board of Family Consumer Science College at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Rhodes lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Leon and has three sons: Cole, Austin and Jordan.