DeRetta Cole

Chief HR Officer

YMCA of Metro Atlanta

DeRetta Assumed the position of Chief Human Resources Officer in 2015.

 
In addition to human resources responsibilities like compensation and benefits, compliance, training, and employment policies, DeRetta brings an expansive, strategic talent management philosophy to the Y,  She supports strategic board level initiatives and is a though leader and contributor to the leadership team. 
 
DeRetta came to the Y from First Data, where she provided consultation on human capital and organizational development strategies for over 5,000 First Data Colleagues within Financial Services and Consumer and Network Solutions. 
 
Previously, DeRetta was Vice President of Human Resources for  Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., supporting Global Technology Operations. Before joining Turner, DeRetta held leadership roles with Ernst & Young, ADP, HomeGrover.com and Yum! Brand. 
 
DeRetta grew up in Kansas City and moved to Georgia when she was in high school.  She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia, an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and a doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia. 
 
In her spare time, DeRetta likes to travel, golf and cook. DeRetta has two sons Cole and Austin.  They attend Lanier High School and participate in football and baseball.