Carolyn Szczepanski – Communications Director
She’s interviewed President Barack Obama, directed communications for the federal Transportation Security Administration and been named one of the most powerful women in the state of Georgia. Yolanda Cade oversees AAA‘s national public relations and strategic communications efforts — and, on Day 2, she’ll address the National Bike Summit.
If we really mean business when it comes to changing the dynamic on our nation’s highways and byways, we need to reach motorists, too. With more than 51 million members, AAA is the leading voice for U.S. drivers and has been working hard to promote positive and educational messages about cycling and cyclists.
In her address on Tuesday, March 5, Cade will provide insight about AAA’s share the road efforts and strategies we can implement together to improve the cycling and driving experience. Stayed tuned for more announcements about Summit speakers in coming weeks and read more about Cade below.
Managing Director, AAA Public Relations
Shaping AAA’s national public relations and strategic communications efforts, Yolanda oversees public relations offices in Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla. She is responsible for managing all aspects of communicating public policy and national business line activities to the public and media. This past year Yolanda has served as the Chair of Orlando’s prestigious Leadership Orlando 2012 and currently she is representing AAA as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Urban League and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Central Florida Regional Hospital. Prior to joining AAA, Yolanda served as the chief spokesperson and director of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Department of Homeland Security. In her role, Yolanda was responsible for managing internal and external communications, and the TSA website. Previous to her federal service, she served as deputy director of public relations for the world’s busiest airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In 2002, she was voted one of Georgia’s 100 most powerful and influential women and in 2007 was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine’s “On the Move” feature for highly visible professionals. Yolanda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University and is a native of South Florida.